Colt McCoy Could Make Brett Ratliff the Odd Man Out for Cleveland Browns

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IApril 29, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns looks on before taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Citi BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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When the Browns drafted Colt McCoy last week, that couldn't have made Brett Ratliff happy.

Ratliff was the Browns third quarterback last year, and prior to the draft, his position hadn't changed with the addition of Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace.

Ratliff was brought in by head coach Eric Mangini, so he probably felt his position on the team was pretty solid, and that he may even have a chance to compete for the backup quarterback position.

With McCoy on board, though, Ratliff probably phoned up his agent and asked about his options, since he has few of them left with the Browns.

The likelihood of the Browns keeping four quarterbacks on the roster is pretty slim, unless for some reason Wallace is converted to a pure wide receiver and designated the emergency quarterback.

Ratliff no longer has the option of being put on the practice squad due to his time on the active roster.

The practice squad isn't an option for McCoy, even if the Browns hold to their vow to not let him take one snap this season because players on the practice squad essentially are free agents and can be snapped up by any team.

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Ratliff's only option at this point is to play his tail off in mini-camps and preseason, and hope he can be traded before the final cutdown day.

Ratliff is a huge unknown, and if a team has a serious quarterback injury in training camp or a preseason game, Ratliff could get some value attached to his arm and end up bringing the Browns some value in return.

Ratliff's future now is in his hands, and it should be interesting watching the competition between him and McCoy as the summer unwinds this year.