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Does this look fair to you?
Along about the Ides of June, front office denials regarding the imminent trade of Mr. McCoy began to wear thin. Fueled by Tony Grossi’s article, the perception emerged that Mike Holmgren would rather trade McCoy than flat-out cut him. “[The Browns] were sensitive to the fact he had gotten such a raw deal already.”
Well that’s big of them. Was that before or after they (allegedly) lied to him about not drafting a first-round quarterback? Talk about the “writing on the wall.” If ever the writing finger had "moved on," it was Thursday night, April 26. Pick No. 22 to be precise.
So the quarterback with the coolest name in football is losing his job. (Rock Cartwright comes in second on that name thing, by the way.)
The only mystery is whether there is any market at all for No. 12 or whether he will have to work out in his garage until another signal caller gets hurt. If it comes to it, maybe Vinny Testaverde could lend a pointer or two.
Considering the offensive systems and current rosters of all 31 potential contenders, here are the few likely takers.
1) Denver Broncos. At present, Caleb Hanie is the No. 2 quarterback in the Mile High City. At first glance, this looks like exactly the same philosophy that got Bill Polian fired in Indy: Pay Peyton Manning all of the money and pick up a cheap, nice-guy, useless clipboard holder.
Hanie’s stint as the starter in Chicago was positively embarrassing and it’s somewhat shocking that he has a gig at all in 2012. However, upon further examination, his situation was not significantly different from McCoy’s: no wide receivers, no O-line, no running game (remember, Matt Forte was injured).
Hanie did have the benefit of a defense that had a great line and great linebackers. Secondary? Not so much. To be fair, that last may be a product of facing Matthew Stafford and Aaron Rodgers twice.
One must assume that the former Bear gave a heckuva good workout since the Broncos are paying Hanie a cool million to take another stab at an NFL career.
It seems not unreasonable for John Elway to at least consider McCoy. Colt is smart and he could possibly bloom behind Manning. He’d at least have a couple of WRs and, one assumes, an improved Denver O-line designed entirely to protect the quarterback.
Besides, at under $600,000, it’s not as if landing McCoy is going to break any NFL owner’s bank.
Ah, but what about Adam Weber? Who? The 24-year-old former Minnesota Gopher who set college records in stats, though not wins. Weber was brought up from the Broncos practice squad last Thanksgiving and survived the QB storms to finish the recent OTAs at the No. 2 slot. Wow.
Though hardly a household name, Weber was the one filling in that third slot when many people said a year ago that Tim Tebow was the fourth-best QB in camp. Doesn’t sound quite so silly now, does it?
Former Bronco Brandon Lloyd said, “[Weber has] thrown four or five passes like that in camp where it’s been like … whoa. Weber’s got personality, and he’s got some swag about him, too.”
Mr. Weber is on a $390,000, one-year deal. Theoretically, Denver could have Weber and McCoy for less than Hanie. So result No. 1 for the Brandon Weeden ripple effect could be another backup QB battle in Colorado, with Hanie looking for a job.
In reality, the team will probably not keep both Weber and McCoy because they drafted Brock Osweiler to be the heir apparent when Manning moves on. Osweiler has been holding out for more money and is unsigned. A word of advice: Better get in there, dude.
If McCoy were indeed to move to Colorado, another huge side effect of the Weeden signing would likely remain completely subterranean and unspoken: If Denver did sign Colt McCoy, it would signal to the entire football universe that Peyton Manning’s arm strength has not returned and that Mike McCoy will be tailoring the offense primarily to the short passing attack.
And that information would rock the entire league.