Colt McCoy Will Forever Be Career-Backup QB Following Trade to 49ers
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Cleveland Browns traded McCoy to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday:
The Browns have dealt QB Colt McCoy to the 49ers. Another QB on the move— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 1, 2013
McCoy's departure from Cleveland is not surprising. The Browns drafted Brandon Weeden last year and (via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com) brought in Jason Campbell this free-agency period.
Campbell is expected to compete with Weeden for the starting gig, as reported by Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal:
#Browns CEO Joe Banner also said QB Brandon Weeden would take reps with ones in camp but there will be competition from Jason Campbell.— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) March 28, 2013
Had McCoy remained in Cleveland, there would not be an opportunity for him to see the field. Unfortunately, the same will occur in the Bay Area, per ESPN.com:
As part of the deal, the Browns also will send their sixth-round pick to the 49ers in exchange for San Francisco's picks in the fifth and seventh rounds.
In San Francisco, the 26-year-old will compete with Scott Tolzien to back up Colin Kaepernick.
Let's face it—few deals, if any, involving a starter from a previous season will contain late-round draft picks. And since McCoy wasn't the full-time starter, a deal like this matches well for each team.
McCoy was expendable, and he is a backup fit for San Francisco. Although his overall NFL experience is limited and he only sports a 58.3 completion percentage, McCoy brings more than Scott Tolzien.
Will Colt McCoy ever get another starting opportunity?
Tolzien has only seen the field during the 2011 and 2012 preseasons, so McCoy's regular season game action suits nicely for the backup spot. Still, don't expect to see McCoy with another opportunity to start in pro football.
Colin Kaepernick is the obvious starter and rightfully so, especially given his impressive campaign once taking over for Alex Smith last season.
Despite not being provided with supreme talent in Cleveland, the organization clearly went in another direction. San Francisco needed a backup and didn't give up much in the process.
Failing to develop quickly was also part of the issue. McCoy was a third-round selection, and we've seen mid-round quarterbacks make an immediate impact, with Russell Wilson serving as a prime example.
Not only that, but McCoy also had his share of durability concerns.
Entering the NFL, he got blasted in the 2010 BCS national title game versus Alabama that forced him out of the contest.
Mesh everything together, and McCoy has entered the backup quarterback realm. On the bright side, San Francisco's Super Bowl potential is much better than Cleveland's leading into the 2013 campaign.
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