Colt McCoy Signs, Cleveland Browns Training Camp Drama Averted

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IJuly 23, 2010

BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns stretches during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Colt McCoy on Thursday, diffusing what could've been a very distracting issue during training camp.

While Browns' president Mike Holmgren has gone out of his way to emphasize McCoy was not in the mix to be a starter, the fact that McCoy was a hot topic during the draft elevated his signing to more than a passing interest for fans.

The Browns reportedly signed McCoy for four years for a total of $4.96 million with a signing bonus of $751,000.

With McCoy signed and in camp, the Browns can focus on getting Jake Delhomme ready to start without having to deal with the endless speculation on what McCoy's absence would mean for their plans.

Granted, McCoy's presence will bring its own kind of drama this year, especially if Delhomme falters early, but if McCoy starts one game this year, it means something went horribly wrong.

McCoy may very well be the quarterback of the future, but that future shouldn't be 2010.

The Browns also signed their other third-round pick, Shaun Lauvao, to a four-year deal worth up to $3.22 million with a $697,000 signing bonus.

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Lauvao is expected to compete for the starting right tackle job, and whether he earns the starting job this year or not, expect to see the stud out of Arizona State on the Browns line for years to come.

While the Browns top-three draft picks, Joe Haden, Montario Hardesty, and T.J. Ward haven't signed their contracts yet, the elephant in the room represented by McCoy now has a deal.

The Browns' offseason hasn't been without its usual set of ups and downs, but the ups seem to be outnumbering the downs so far, and the 2010 season looks a little rosier as training camp approaches.