April Fools Day really brings out the creativity in people, huh? Like football agent David Canter, who posted a series of tweets Monday afternoon explaining his client, Chargers safety Eric Weddle, had been traded to the Denver Broncos.
After every single person on Twitter – including several major news outlets – reported on Canter’s revelation, it was then revealed that the whole thing was nothing more than just an April Fool’s Day prank.
Hahaha. So funny I forgot to laugh, right? Just the kind of thing I know I’ve always hoped my agent would do on Twitter..
Apparently, a few people also forgot that it would be really stupid to trade one of your best players to a division rival, but whatevs. I digress.
(For more on the prank, check this out).
Here’s a brief recap of other (more interesting) news from around the league:
Seattle Seahawks Trade Matt Flynn To Oakland Raiders: The dude that got paid A LOT of money to backup 2012 third-round draft pick Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn – was traded to the Oakland Raiders on Monday afternoon, per Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.
Also according to Glazer, the Raiders are looking to move veteran QB Carson Palmer to Arizona in exchange for a late round draft pick. Palmer – who is expected to earn $13 million this season – will reportedly restructure his contract to accomodate his new team. It was previously reported that Palmer was unwilling to take a pay cut in Oakland, leading many to assume that Palmer wanted OUT.
Also worth noting on the Flynn deal: According to NFL.com’s Albert Breer, Flynn’s contract was restructured to move $1.25 million forward one year while maintaining the two-year value of the contract, earning him $11.5 million over the course of those two years combined.
Aerys Sports’ own The Silver Lining discusses the impact of the Flynn trade in Oakland.
San Francisco Niners Trade for Colt McCoy: With Alex Smith now in Kansas City, Jim Harbaugh was in need of a capable backup for young Colin Kaepernick. Colt McCoy, come on down.
The San Francisco 49ers made the trade with the Cleveland Browns for Colt McCoy on Monday, with the Browns sending the QB - along with a 2013 sixth round pick - to the Niners for a 2013 fifth and seventh.
It was widely assumed that McCoy would be moving on from Cleveland after the Browns signed veteran QB Jason Campbell to a deal last week.
- Former Raiders wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey has reached an agreement with the Indianapolis Colts. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is for one year and up to $3 million dollars. Colts owner Jim Irsay also tweeted the news, because, ya know, that’s what he does.
- Twitter was up in arms on Monday morning after a scouting report from Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki harshly criticized rookie QB prospect Geno Smith. Nawrocki, who wrote a rather scathing and bizarre assessment of Cam Newton two years ago suggesting he had a “fake smile,” among other things, called Smith’s worth ethic “marginal.” Nawrocki also offered a host of other criticisms of both Smith’s football skills and off-the field characteristics.
- The Arizona Cardinals released quarterback John Skelton. Skelton has been with the team three years, and started 17 games.
- According to his father, Robert Griffin II., Redskins quarterback RGIII is “ahead of schedule” with his knee rehabilitation and is apparently “just about ready” to start running on the field.
Kristine Reese is the senior NFL editor and New York Jets writer for Aerys Sports. Follow her on Twitter @KristineReese.