Brandon Weeden got the start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns from day one of his rookie year, prompting questions about whether former starter Colt McCoy would be in a different uniform this season.
As Weeden progresses as an NFL passer, McCoy’s services may translate to more value for the Browns if he were traded to a quarterback-needy team rather than holding a clipboard.
He has rebounded with nine touchdowns and six interceptions in the seven games since, even topping 300 passing yards twice while proving he can be a legitimate starter for the Browns.
That leaves McCoy without a starting job for the foreseeable future.
Despite the fact that McCoy didn’t want to be shipped off after hearing the news that he relinquished his on-field duties to Cleveland’s first-round pick, it may be a good idea for both sides if the Browns choose to move him.
ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer sees McCoy as a first-round talent that can help an NFL team win games. He would be able to help teams with struggling quarterbacks like the Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.
However, Kansas City seems destined for a top-five pick in the NFL draft, in which they would likely prefer to invest a first-round selection on a can’t-miss collegiate QB prospect. Arizona, on the other hand, is still well within the playoff hunt and could afford to sacrifice a mid-round pick for the possibility that McCoy can help its playoff chances this year.
By drafting an unconventionally seasoned quarterback, the Browns have committed to attacking a short-term path to the playoffs.
If Cleveland traded McCoy for draft picks, it would be better equipped to add weapons to the 29-year-old Weeden’s arsenal for his sophomore season in the NFL.