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Cleveland Browns Need to Maximize Value from Colt McCoy
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Colt McCoy isn't doing post-practice media interviews at training camp (via ClevelandBrowns.com), but Brandon Weeden is.

Browns radio broadcaster Jim Donovan didn't do a Browns one-on-one with Colt McCoy in 2012. He did one with Brandon Weeden.

HC Pat Shurmur hasn't named Brandon Weeden the starting QB. He's said he wants to name one before the start of the season.

But Colt McCoy isn't taking snaps with the number ones at training camp. Brandon Weeden is. (CBS Cleveland).

There's no QB controversy in Cleveland. The die is cast with Weeden.

So where does that leave 2010 third round selection Colt McCoy?

For now, he's a back-up QB with a 6-15 career record, a 58.4 percent completion rate, a 20-20 TD-INT ratio, a 74.5 career passer rating and a 6.3 career yards-per-attempt average.

It doesn't compare unfavorably to fellow Browns back-up Seneca Wallace. He also has a 6-15 career record as a starter, and a 59.2 percent completion rate, a 31-18 TD-INT ratio, an 81.3 career passer rating and a 6.3 career yards-per-attempt average.

Wallace is 31 and slated to make $2.4 million in 2012. McCoy is 25 and due $540,000 this year (Cleveland.com).

The Browns have plenty in the ol' pocketbook to spare at the moment. That gives them the luxury of choice.

What should the Browns do with Colt McCoy?

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They can practice patience. This is the NFL. Did the Texans expect to have to go into the playoffs with fifth-round rookie T.J. Yates in 2011? Did the Raiders expect to give up a first round draft pick for Carson Palmer? Things happen. Teams develop needs.

The point is not to suggest the Browns could get anything similar to a first-rounder for McCoy; they couldn't. But they do have the luxury to wait and see if a market for McCoy opens up.

Besides, Shurmur is saying McCoy is still developing (via CBS Cleveland):

"I've seen him do things in this camp that he didn't do a year ago," Shurmur said. "He's comfortable in the system and in progressions. If he doesn't go to his one or two [receiver], he's finding his third instead of taking off and running."

The best thing for McCoy to do is to continue to get better and perform well in the preseason games.

The Browns and McCoy have a mutual interest in his development, whether it be to maximize deal opportunities or ensure natural depth on the team itself.

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