The spin coming out of Cleveland claims that Colt McCoy is competing with rookie Brandon Weeden and veteran Seneca Wallace for the Browns’ starting quarterback job.
The reality is that McCoy is on the trade block, and Weeden will be the Week One starter, with Wallace backing him up.
In a Friday column explaining the Browns’ true intentions when it comes to McCoy’s future, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland explained that the organization simply wasn’t comfortable dumping him after drafting Weeden because they knew McCoy endured a difficult situation last year.
Citing an NFL source, Grossi reported that the Browns aimed to avoid “piling on” McCoy. “They were sensitive to the fact that he had gotten such a raw deal already.”
Per Grossi, the Browns hope to “spare [McCoy] the ignominy of being released,” and “will not demand much in a trade.”
Citing sources, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com also reported Saturday that the Browns are shopping McCoy and “looking for minimal compensation.”
On the second day of the draft, Bill Huber of Packer Report reported that the Browns and Packers discussed a trade that would send McCoy to Green Bay. While those talks were since put on hold, they could be rekindled at some point before or during training camp.
And it shouldn’t cost the Packers much.