NFL Trade Rumors: 4 Best Fits for Colt McCoy If Browns Make a Move

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IJune 18, 2012

NFL Trade Rumors: 4 Best Fits for Colt McCoy If Browns Make a Move

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    It appears that Colt McCoy's days in Cleveland are numbered.

    According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network, the Browns are looking to deal McCoy:

    According to sources, the Browns are shopping Colt McCoy and looking for minimal compensation.

    — Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) June 16, 2012

    This comes as no surprise, as the Browns selected Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

    With that said, let's take a look at the most ideal situations for McCoy outside of Cleveland.

Green Bay Packers

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    With Matt Flynn gone, the Packers need to find themselves another reliable backup quarterback.

    Aaron Rodgers is the obvious starter, but Colt McCoy would be in a situation that favors him in the long term. Learning under Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy would certainly help with his development, and if recent history is any indication, McCoy should have the opportunity to revive his career. 

    Before taking the reins under center, Rodgers was mentored under the tutelage of Brett Favre for three years. Likewise, Flynn developed behind Rodgers for a few seasons before capitalizing on starter's money with the Seattle Seahawks.

    Already having experience as a starter and better success than he is given credit for, McCoy would easily win the No. 2 quarterback job in Titletown. McCoy may have to go back to the drawing board, but this is one of the best paths he can take. 

St. Louis Rams

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    St. Louis is one place where Colt McCoy could legitimately battle for the starting quarterback job. McCoy is used to not having any dominant receivers to target, and he has way more mobility than Sam Bradford.

    It would be smart for the Rams to bring in a guy who can challenge Bradford, as both young quarterbacks would get better just by competing against one another in training camp.

    St. Louis still needs to make significant strides at upgrading its pass protection, but the NFC West can be vulnerable to aerial assault.

    From a developmental perspective, joining the Rams may not be the best fit for McCoy. But if he wants a chance to start now, this is his best opportunity. 

Oakland Raiders

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    By the end of the 2012 NFL season, Carson Palmer will be 33 years old.

    The Oakland Raiders have Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor waiting in the wings, but Colt McCoy has more potential than both of them. 

    If the Raiders bring in McCoy before the 2012 season, they can release Pryor and have a strong backup to battle with Leinart. Pryor won't see the field this season anyway, so they need to do themselves a favor and prepare for life after Palmer.

    Regardless of how much longer Palmer is under center, McCoy is the team's best bet to stay relevant in the AFC West. He is only going to be 26 years old this season and has the ability to work well off Oakland's running game. 

    Unless the Raiders are strongly considering taking a quarterback in the 2013 NFL draft, McCoy could be their answer for the immediate future.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Last season, we saw how inconsistent the Kansas City offense can be without Matt Cassel under center each week.

    What the Chiefs need is a backup everyone can rely on. Ricky Stanzi and Brady Quinn do not fit the bill, but Colt McCoy could be the man for the job. 

    One appealing thing about the Chiefs is that they are a nearly complete team on both sides. The defense can do it all and should only improve with Dontari Poe in the trenches. Offensively, Kansas City has a promising ground game headed by Jamaal Charles and quality receivers in Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston. 

    McCoy would easily win the backup role, and if given the opportunity to start, he would produce. With literally no receiving talent around him in Cleveland, McCoy still had 14 touchdowns to only nine picks and over 2,500 yards through 12 games last season.

    The Chiefs were willing to give Peyton Hillis a fresh start away from Cleveland. Why not do the same for McCoy? 


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