- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Redskins and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Pat White are interested in agreeing to a contract, according to a CBS Sports report.

White, 27, last played in the NFL in 2009. He left the sport to pursue a professional baseball career but recently has taken steps to get back into the NFL. The West Virginia University product ran a highly successful zone-read option scheme in college but arrived in the NFL before that offensive tactic proliferated at that level.

The Redskins represent an opportunity to regain a foothold in the league, particularly because quarterback Robert Griffin III is recovering from reconstructive right knee surgery and is expected to miss all of the team’s offseason program.

Kirk Cousins is entrenched as Griffin’s placeholder, but White’s athleticism would enable the Redskins to run some of their quarterback option concepts this spring and in the preseason. The club could then decide on White’s future based on his performance.

The Dolphins drafted White 44th overall in 2009, when they ran a significant amount of the Wildcat formation. He played in 13 games and threw incompletions on all five passes he attempted.

Until Tuesday, White was one of almost 4,200 former players involved in concussion litigation that has been consolidated in federal court in Pennsylvania. But White voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit earlier in the day in a three-page filing in federal court reviewed by The Washington Times. No reason was cited for the dismissal.

That ended a slew of specific claims in White’s original lawsuit, filed last November with 17 other players, that left his ability to play football in doubt.

A lengthy paragraph in the lawsuit alleged White suffered “repeated and chronic head impacts” in the NFL that put him at risk for “latent brain disease.” The lawsuit said White continues to suffer from “permanent injuries” including cognitive problems, “severe headaches, speech issues, memory loss, depression, isolation, mental anguish and diminished self-esteem.”

Cardinals get Palmer from Raiders

TEMPE, Ariz. | The Arizona Cardinals have acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Oakland Raiders.

The Cardinals gave up a conditional seventh-round 2014 draft pick and swapped one of their sixth-round picks this year for Oakland’s seventh-round selection.

Palmer reworked his contract as part of his move to the desert, agreeing to a two-year deal worth up to $20 million, with $10 million guaranteed.

If Palmer starts at least 13 games next season, Oakland gets Arizona’s 2014 seventh-round pick. If he doesn’t, the Cardinals owe the Raiders nothing.

The 33-year-old Palmer put up big numbers with the Raiders last season but the production didn’t translate into sufficient wins.

In 15 games in 2012, Palmer threw for 4,018 yards, becoming the second quarterback in Raiders history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season. He threw for 22 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.

New date for alleged Taylor shooter

MIAMI | A new August trial date has been set in Miami for the alleged shooter in the 2007 slaying of former Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy said Tuesday that 22-year-old Eric Rivera Jr. will stand trial Aug. 12. The case has been delayed numerous times since Taylor was killed during what prosecutors say was a botched robbery at his Miami-area home.

Rivera and three others, all from the Fort Myers area, have pleaded not guilty and are being tried separately. Each faces a possible life sentence if convicted.

A fifth man previously pleaded guilty to murder and burglary charges and is likely to testify against the others.

Asomugha headed to San Francisco

San Francisco | Free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that could pay him as much as $3 million this year.

Asomugha’s representative, Ben Dogra, says Asomugha is expected to sign his new deal Wednesday. The former All-Pro was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on March 12 after two disappointing seasons. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

• Rich Campbell can be reached at rcampbell@washingtontimes.com.

• Nathan Fenno can be reached at nfenno@washingtontimes.com.

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