Posted March 27, 2013

Report: Browns expected to release or trade Colt McCoy

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Colt McCoy's time in Cleveland could be coming to an end. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Colt McCoy’s time in Cleveland could be coming to an end. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns are expected to release or trade quarterback Colt McCoy soon for a late-round draft pick, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

McCoy is 6-15 as a starting quarterback for the Browns, and went 4-9 in 2011 when he won the job. He’s thrown for 21 touchdowns, 20 interceptions for 4,388 yards and has a career 74.8 quarterback rating. McCoy is scheduled to make $2.325 million next season.

More from the Plain Dealer:

McCoy, a third-round pick of the Browns out of Texas, has become expendable now that the Browns have signed former Bears quarterback Jason Campbell to a two-year contract.

McCoy, the backup last season to Brandon Weeden, is not a match for the downfield, vertical passing game of Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner, and would fit better in a shorter passing game.

McCoy went into last season expecting to be the starter, but was replaced after the team drafted Brandon Weeden in the first round.

The team signed veteran quarterback Jason Campbell this week to backup Weeden, but could be in play for the starting nod.


13 comments
ThomasPeracchio
ThomasPeracchio

Colt McCoy is a decent 3rd string player.  He's smart, he has guts, but it doesn't translate to the NFL.  His arm strength is possibly the worst in the NFL, and now he has a history of concussions.  There are more throws he can't make than he can.  He's not accurate enough to counter not being able to fire a ball in a small window in the defense.  The Browns OL is actually pretty good now.  The problem with playing McCoy is that if he's in the game, the DB's can all creep forward to the box because he isn't going to beat you with either deep or medium throws.  The Browns have been an NFL train wreck, but McCoy has been part of the problem, not a guy who just needs a chance.

DanielStillmunks
DanielStillmunks

Colt McCoy is a GREAT Q.B. (From Texas Longhorns) He needs a new, better offensive line!  Don't REPLACE him with another QB. DUH.  Just like the Jets with their 5 (five!) quarterbacks. NO quarterback can pass effectively under pressure due to a bad/inefficient offensive line. 

ddmattison
ddmattison

Better than yesterday's headline when the "COLTS" were going to release him...  Journalistic excellence at its finest.

rskins09
rskins09

  Jason Campbell ? give me a break ..As a backup QB he'd be OK , but as a starter - no way Jose..Suffered through too many years as a Redskin fan to look at him as a starter ...His accuracy  and reading defenses are awful ....

zhartman67
zhartman67

McCoy must feel like a kid at Christmas. I'm a Saints fan and I hope we get him! Chase Daniel is a more than competent backup, but with Brees on the tail end of his career, who better for McCoy to learn from, and when Brees steps down or (God forbid), if Brees gets hurt, I think that Saints offense with McCoy at the helm would still be potent. Wherever he goes, it's got to be better than Cleveland. They draft a QB, give him nothing to work with, then when he doesn't go 10-2, instead of drafting him some weapons, they take another QB, Then another. And another!! Idiots....

dagger7111
dagger7111

 

McCoy was never given a fair shot in Cleveland. I think it stemmed from Colts father defending him when he received a concussion and the Browns never checked him and left him in. He was black balled

spatt84
spatt84

I don't get it but I never understand the moves the Browns make. Best of Luck to Mr. McCoy, if Drew Stanton can get a starting job in this league, I think that Colt will get another crack. Just need opportunity. Work hard and hang around long enough and I think he will get another go.

larrybradford
larrybradford

What are they thinking. McCoy is much better than Campbell. New owner, same ole Browns. ALL hope is lost with this team....

superman
superman

He is the best quarterback on that roster for future potential.  The game was slowing down for him then they draft a over the hill rookie. 

Good luck Colt I hope you come to Buffalo and get a fair shake because what a waste of talent if you don't get a chance to show. 

All you haters out there remember this kid has been through 3 different head coaches and countless offensive guru's. New system every single year some stability will help. 

eguelch
eguelch

Ummm

 

Shouldn't the headline on the SI NFL page read: "Browns set to release McCoy"? Not "Colts set to release..."

 

I get that his name is COLT, but he doesn't play for them. At least not right now he doesn't.

PanzerDSS
PanzerDSS like.author.displayName 1 Like

Good for Colt.  The faster he gets out of that trash fire the NFL calls the Browns, the better.

DAN B1
DAN B1

 @PanzerDSS ouch.  Cleveland sports teams have not had much luck in the last 30 years, its like a curse.  

David G
David G

Good Luck trading him.  How is that the Browns think anyone will trade for him now that they have signed Campbell?  Are they taking a page from the Jets????