Quarterback Colt McCoy, who became expendable when the Cleveland Browns signed veteran free agent Jason Campbell last week, was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have discarded another quarterback. Colt McCoy will start over as a backup in San Francisco.
McCoy, who became expendable when the Browns signed veteran free agent Jason Campbell last week, was traded Monday to the 49ers for two draft picks.
The Browns confirmed the deal on the same day first-year coach Rob Chudzinski welcomed more than 60 players — including McCoy — for the start of a voluntary offseason conditioning program.
A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the Browns received fifth- and seventh-round picks in this month’s draft in exchange for McCoy and Cleveland’s sixth-round pick.
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McCoy is among 18 quarterbacks to start a game for the Browns since 1999. He lost his job to rookie Brandon Weeden last season and became the odd-man out after Campbell’s arrival.
McCoy, 26, will compete with Scott Tolzien to back up 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick.
Colts get Heyward-Bey
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with free-agent receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who spent his first four seasons with Oakland.
Heyward-Bey, 26, caught 41 passes for 606 yards and a career-high five touchdowns last season.
“He’s big, strong and shows toughness in traffic and after the catch,” Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. “He’s got elite finishing speed that’s as good as there is in the NFL.”
Hall to return
WASHINGTON — Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is back with Washington, agreeing to a more affordable one-year contract after being cut for salary-cap reasons three weeks ago.
A person familiar with the deal said Hall, 29, decided to return for approximately $2 million in 2013, a considerable drop from the $7.5 million in salary he would have made under his previous contract.
Pardee dies at 76
HOUSTON — Jack Pardee, an All-Pro linebacker and coach in the league, died Monday. He was 76.
In November, Pardee’s family announced he had gallbladder cancer that spread to other organs and that he had no more than nine months to live.
Pardee played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1957 to 1964, sat out a year to deal with melanoma and played seven more seasons. He finished his playing career with Washington in 1973 and coached the team from 1978 to 1980.
Pardee coached the Chicago Bears from 1975 through 1977 and the Houston Oilers from 1990 through 1994. He was 87-77 in regular-season games as an NFL coach.
“In his time both on the field and on the sideline, Jack Pardee will forever be a part of the Washington Redskins’ legacy,” owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars released defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, 29, who started 12 games last season and had a career-best 80 tackles.
• The Tennessee Titans agreed to one-year contracts with wide receiver Kevin Walter, 31, previously with the Houston Texans, and offensive lineman Chris Spencer, 31, previously with Chicago.
Spencer was a Seahawk from the 2005 through 2010 seasons.