Browns ship off Colt McCoy to San Francisco in trade
Colt McCoy’s days in Cleveland had been numbered ever since the Browns signed free agent quarterback Jason Campbell last week. The eight-year veteran Jason Campbell is expected to enter training camp in competition for the starting quarterback job with Cleveland Browns’ 2012 draft first-round pick Brandon Weeden. The Cleveland Browns’ new regime could also target a quarterback in next month’s draft.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers had been in the market for a veteran backup quarterback ever since they traded Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this offseason. The former first-overall pick Alex Smith was the San Francisco 49ers’ starter, before the emergence of Colin Kaepernick, who also took the team to the Super Bowl last postseason. Colt McCoy will be in competition with incumbent Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job to Colin Kaepernick.
Colt McCoy is expected to make $1.5 million in 2013, due to an escalator in his contract, based on incentives he reached in 2011. The Cleveland Browns will send their sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft in exchange for the San Francisco 49ers’ fifth and seventh round picks, as part of the deal to trade for Colt McCoy.
Ultimately the trade’s not a bad deal for the Cleveland Browns, considering they would have otherwise ended up releasing Colt McCoy in exchange for nothing.
The 25-year-old Colt McCoy spent three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, who initially selected him in the third-round of the 2010 NDL draft, out of the University of Texas. Colt McCoy went on to start eight games in his rookie campaign, and 13 in 2011 until his season came to an end due to a concussion. Last season, Colt McCoy played in just three games (with zero starts) while completing 9-of-17 passes for 79 yards, one touchdown, four sacks and no interceptions.
Colt McCoy has started 21 career games while holding a 6-15 record during those games. He’s thrown for 4,388 yards with 21 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, while completing 58.3 percent of his passes during his entire career.