John Skelton

Minor Moves: Friday

Here are today’s minor moves around football, including multiple back-of-the-roster NFL transactions as well as a one-time starting quarterback heading north to the CFL….

  • Center Darren Keyton, who was cut by the Lions before the team’s Wild Card game, has re-signed with the club, according to Tim Twentyman of (via Twitter).

Earlier updates:

  • Quarterback John Skelton, who started 17 games for the Cardinals from 2010 to 2012, has signed a two-year pact with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, tweets Ian Rapoport of Skelton’s stint in Arizona wasn’t particularly effective — he finished with 15 touchdowns to 25 interceptions, completing just 53.2% of his passes and posting a 63.0 QB rating. The 26-year-old spent time most recently with the Bengals in 2013.
  • Former University of Miami center Jared Wheeler signed with the Seahawks today, according to agent Brett Tessler (via Twitter). Wheeler, who was cut by the Bills prior to the 2014 regular season, is the latest signee for Seattle, after the team added 11 players on reserve/futures contracts earlier this week.
  • The Patriots also made several reserve/futures signings yesterday, and completed a few more today, according to a team release. Defensive lineman Antonio Johnson, linebacker Rufus Johnson, and running back Dion Lewis have new contracts with the Pats.

AFC East Notes: Jets, Dolphins, Bills, Tyms

Let’s round up a few Monday items from around the AFC East….

  • In the wake of injuries to multiple cornerbacks, the Jets will bring in some free agents for workouts, Rex Ryan confirmed today to reporters, including Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News (Twitter link). Meanwhile, GM John Idzik said he has “no regrets whatsoever” about his free agent decisions at the cornerback position, tweets Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.
  • Despite working out for the Dolphins today, Rex Grossman is unlikely to sign with the team, tweets Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. According to Salguero, Grossman has a visit lined up with another club.
  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald adds (via Twitter) that the Dolphins also probably won’t sign John Skelton. Brady Quinn remains a possibility, though the team could explore other options or simply stand pat.
  • As the sale process for the franchise continues, commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL have renewed their push for the Bills to build a new stadium in Western New York, according to Jerry Zremski of the Buffalo News. In recent conversations with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Charles Schumer, Goodell has said he’d like to see the team remain in Buffalo, but that a new stadium would have to be part of the equation.
  • Patriots wideout Brian Tyms, who had a strong preseason debut with the team, is facing a four-game suspension to start the regular season if he earns a spot on the roster, explaining to Tom E. Curran of that the ban is a result of testing positive for Adderall. “I’ve had a prescription for it since I was nine,” Tyms said. “It costs money to get all that stuff situated. Money which I didn’t have to spend. It was my fault. I should have brought it to the NFL and said, ‘Hey, I take this from time to time’ before it got to that point. But it wasn’t like I’m using it as something to boost my ratings.”

Dolphins Auditioning Grossman, Quinn, Skelton

9:31am: Brady Quinn and John Skelton are among the other quarterbacks being considered by the Dolphins, according to Jackson (via Twitter).

8:46am: Former Bears and Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman will audition for the Dolphins today, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus, who confirmed in a WSVN-Fox segment on Sunday that his client will be among the quarterbacks working out for the club (link via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald).

While Grossman hasn’t seen regular-season NFL action since starting 13 games during the 2011 season, he has spent the last several seasons in Washington. There were rumblings earlier in the offseason that the veteran signal-caller may land in Cleveland, where former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is now running the Browns’ offense, but a deal never materialized, and Grossman has remained on the free agent market all year.

For the Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill is firmly installed as the starter, but backups Matt Moore and Pat Devlin have battled various ailments this summer, increasing the potential need for veteran insurance. Moore, who is well-paid for a backup, still appears likely to enter the season as the club’s No. 2 quarterback, but Devlin’s roster spot could be in jeopardy.

Although it’s not clear yet which QBs will be joining Grossman for the Dolphins’ tryout today, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald suggests the team should take a look at Tim Tebow. Tebow, who has been working out and staying in shape, has seemingly drawn no interest from NFL teams this summer, prompting Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk to explore why the former Bronco can’t even get a look on a 90-man offseason roster.