The Browns drafted who they hope can be the quarterback of the future this year in Brandon Weeden, which has allowed the team to place McCoy on the trade block for cheap.
Moving McCoy at this point makes sense for the Browns organization, because there is no need to have a quarterback controversy putting pressure on Weeden. The move also makes sense for McCoy, because he will then possibly have a chance to start in the NFL again.
McCoy is still a very capable quarterback. The teams inquiring about his availability will likely only be looking to use him in a backup role. McCoy would make a great backup in most scenarios and be able to perform admirably in small doses.
Here are five teams that would be wise to trade for McCoy while he is available for cheap.
The Indianapolis Colts drafted the best quarterback to enter the NFL draft in over a decade this year, with the selection of Andrew Luck.
However, being the best quarterback to enter the league in recent memory does not mean Luck is unable to suffer an injury.
Should Luck get hurt, the Colts' backup options are Drew Stanton, Chandler Harnish and Trevor Vittatoe. None of these players have extensive starting experience in the league, and would not effectively lead the Colts to victory in Luck's absence.
McCoy would be the immediate backup, and is more than capable of winning games should Luck get hurt. The move makes too much sense for the Colts to pass up at this juncture.
The Minnesota Vikings believe they have a franchise quarterback in Christian Ponder, but it is too early to tell if Ponder will turn out to be the answer.
The Ponder experiment will continue for the next couple of seasons barring injury, but the only viable backup to Ponder currently on the roster is Joe Webb. He is a player that can also be used at the wide receiver position, but has only attempted about 150 passes in his career.
Colt McCoy would be a much more suitable backup than Webb. McCoy could also provide better competition for Ponder and potentially start should Ponder not pan out.
The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the most talented NFL teams at every position outside of the quarterback spot on the depth chart.
Should Cassel falter or fail to stay healthy, Colt McCoy would be a cost-effective solution. He has never had the opportunity to play on a team as talented as the Chiefs, and could thrive in their offensive system.
Acquiring McCoy is a low-risk, high-reward move for Kansas City.
The Packers let backup Matt Flynn walk in free agency. Flynn happened to be one of the most coveted backup quarterbacks in the NFL and was promptly scooped up by the Seattle Seahawks to be their starting quarterback of the future.
Colt McCoy could fill the void Flynn left behind nicely. McCoy would not have many problems learning the offense quickly from the expert staff in Green Bay. He would likely never see any playing time, with the exception of garbage time, but it would be a genius move by the coaching staff.
The Philadelphia Eagles are up there with the aforementioned Kansas City Chiefs as one of the teams with the most talented rosters. Just do not call them the dream team.
Michael Vick is the unquestioned starter in Philadelphia, but has only played a full 16 game season once in his career. Should Vick predictably succumb to another injury, his backups are Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards.
The duo of backups certainly aren't horrible, but Colt McCoy could be an upgrade. McCoy also has the upside to potentially be a starter for a long time once Vick decides to hang up the cleats. After all, Vick is 31 years old and takes an inordinate amount of hits for the position.
McCoy to the Eagles makes a lot of sense for Philadelphia. They get a more capable backup and someone that could take over the reigns of the franchise after learning from quarterback-guru head coach Andy Reid.