The Washington Commanders dismissed Carson Wentz on Monday, putting a stop to the one-season experiment with the veteran quarterback that did not work out.
After acquiring him in a trade with Indianapolis in March, the Commanders were allowed to get out of the last two years of Wentz’s deal with no salary limit penalty.
Wentz tossed 11 touchdowns and nine picks in eight games as the starter, finishing 2-5 while recovering from a broken finger that kept him out for several weeks.
As Taylor Heinicke faltered late in the season, coach Ron Rivera resorted to Wentz, who threw three interceptions in a defeat to Cleveland that helped push Washington out of playoff contention.
Rivera never considered returning the job to Wentz after that. Rookie Sam Howell started the regular-season finale and will enter summer training as the primary quarterback.
Wentz, on the other hand, is facing a very unclear future at the age of 30. If he gets signed, he will be joining his fourth NFL club in as many seasons, following flameouts with Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Washington.
The Commanders also dismissed veteran safety Bobby McCain, whose presence was rendered unnecessary by the emergence of Darrick Forrest. McCain’s release frees up around $2.32 million in salary cap space.
McCain, 29, has four interceptions in 34 games with Washington over two seasons, but none in 2022 for a team that sometimes played with three safeties on the field at the same time.
The Falcons make personnel adjustments.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — After a sixth consecutive losing season, the Atlanta Falcons made a slew of changes to head coach Arthur Smith’s staff on Monday.
Most notably, Steve Jackson will take over as secondary coach, while David Huxtable has been appointed as a senior defensive assistant after 40 years at the NCAA level.
Jackson and Huxtable will report to new defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen, who was recruited away from the rival New Orleans Saints last month after Dean Pees retired.
Smith fired three coaches following a 7-10 season: secondary coach Jon Hoke, defensive line coach Gary Emanuel, and outside linebackers coach Ted Monachino.
Hoke will be replaced by Jackson, who served as a senior offensive assistant last season. Prior to joining the Falcons, he was a secondary coach for 19 years.
Ansley is promoted to DC by the Chargers.
Derrick Ansley has been promoted to defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Ansley spent the previous two seasons as a secondary coach on Brandon Staley’s staff. He replaces Renaldo Hill, who departed to join Miami’s staff as pass-game coordinator.
Staley is anticipated to remain the defensive coordinator.
The Chargers also announced the appointments of quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier, linebackers coach Jeff Howard, and defensive quality control assistant Robert Muschamp on Monday.
Ansley has prior experience as a defensive coordinator. He was the defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee for two seasons (2019-20) before joining the Chargers.
Musgrave gets hired as an assistant by the Browns.
CLEVELAND — On Monday, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski added Bill Musgrave as a senior offensive consultant to his coaching staff after a 7-10 season.
Stefanski has previously fired both defensive coordinator Joe Woods and special teams coach Mike Priefer in the summer. Jim Schwartz and Ray “Bubba” Ventrone took their places.
Stefanki made further changes as the Browns prepared for this week’s scouting combine in Indianapolis, with Musgrave being the most prominent addition.