Colt McCoy has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers in a deal that will see the Cleveland Browns gain two draft picks.
Rumors of a Colt McCoy trade surfaced last week after Cleveland snapped up veteran free agent Jason Campbell. The move went ahead Monday, and means 26-year-old McCoy will start over as a backup in San Francisco.
McCoy will join up with his new team-mates this week. New Niners coach Rob Chudzinski will have a roster of more than 60 players at his disposal, including McCoy, for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source revealed to The Associated Press that the Browns have received a fifth- and seventh-round pick in this month’s NFL draft in exchange for McCoy and Cleveland’s own sixth-round pick. That means the Browns now have seven picks in this year’s draft.
Cleveland fans may not be surprised to see McCoy traded; since 1999, the Browns have started with an incredible 18 quarterbacks (including McCoy). Indeed, many pundits suggest the team’s failure to find an established quarterback is behind its poor performance in recent years; the Browns have made postseason just once in 14 seasons.
Like many others before him, McCoy seemed to have the potential to become the Browns’ breakthrough quarterback. But, since a brutal injury in 2011 and the rise of Brandon Weeden last season, his days have looked numbered at Cleveland.
At the Niners, McCoy will join Scott Tolzien in backing up Colin Kaepernick. He fills a gap for the Niners, who traded backup quarterback Alex Smith to Kansas City in February. McCoy will also be reunited in San Francisco with former Browns kicker Phil Dawson.
You can watch a selection of Colt McCoy highlights in the compilation below. Browns and Niners fans, are you happy with this latest trade?