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Browns trade Colt McCoy to 49ers

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The Browns and 49ers have swung a trade for backup quarterback Colt McCoy.

McCoy will head to San Francisco for a late-round draft pick, Jason La Canfora of CBS reports.

The 49ers have 14 picks in this year’s draft, so giving up a late-round pick isn’t a bad move for them: Their roster is talented enough that 14 rookies aren’t going to make the 53-man roster anyway, so going down to 13 draft picks is no problem. And they now have their backup to Colin Kaepernick after trading Alex Smith to the Chiefs. McCoy will make $1.5 million this season, thanks to escalators in his contract that bumped up his 2013 pay based on incentives he reached in 2011.

For the Browns, even if all they get is a seventh-round pick, it’s not a bad deal considering that most people thought they’d end up having to cut McCoy and get nothing back for him. With Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell expected to compete for the starting job, McCoy was the odd man out in Cleveland.

Now McCoy will go to a place where he has no chance of winning the starting job, but has a good chance of making the roster as the No. 2 quarterback. That’s a better position than he had with the Browns.

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  1. goraidersgospurs says: Apr 1, 2013 4:47 PM

    trade a back up QB day!!

  2. urbanwarfare12 says: Apr 1, 2013 4:48 PM

    Browns made a good deal here. Good luck to Colt McCoy in San Francisco.

  3. getyourownname says: Apr 1, 2013 4:49 PM

    I have a lot of respect for McCoy after he came back from the Harrison cheap shot and his own coaching staff’s laissez faire attitude.

    That doesn’t mean he will be a great QB, but at least he gets to be on a strong team.

  4. forty9asty says: Apr 1, 2013 4:49 PM

    … Umm… What?

  5. footballfather says: Apr 1, 2013 4:50 PM

    And he’s also in much better position to win a championship, which he was NEVER going to do with the Browns.

  6. jbaxt says: Apr 1, 2013 4:51 PM

    Funny, even McCoys better than Flynn, and they got him for next to nothing.

  7. commonsensedude says: Apr 1, 2013 4:51 PM

    Being a backup on the 49ers roster, at least McCoy will get to go to the playoffs – an experience he was not likely to have playing any position on the Browns.

  8. whatnojets says: Apr 1, 2013 4:51 PM

    Colt McCoy will get his Super Bolw ring

  9. scoops1 says: Apr 1, 2013 4:52 PM

    Jake Tucker!!!!

  10. lrical says: Apr 1, 2013 4:52 PM

    He’ll get a ring before any browns player will.

  11. calibear831 says: Apr 1, 2013 4:52 PM

    Why??

  12. 1971siebs says: Apr 1, 2013 4:53 PM

    Good luck Colt. You have landed in a much better place.

  13. SparkyGump says: Apr 1, 2013 4:53 PM

    Good for McCoy! Harbaugh will get his head back on straight. To be backing up a physical, read option QB, Colt May yet get his chance to shine in the event Kaep goes down.

  14. rickyspanish says: Apr 1, 2013 4:54 PM

    Super Bowl!

  15. forty9asty says: Apr 1, 2013 4:55 PM

    Scott Tolzein has actually looked pretty good commanding the offense in the preseason games he’s played…I prefer him as our #2 over McCoy, I know we need another QB or two to take to camp, so why not draft that kid from Arizona or Collin Klein and keep that pick they used to get McCoy as trade bait? I don’t get the trade, but i guess that’s why Baalke and Co. get paid the big bucks…

  16. Deb says: Apr 1, 2013 4:55 PM

    Good for Colt! He won me over as a rookie QB with the way he manned up against pro defenses–especially those he faced from my Steelers. He showed great poise and leadership. But he took too much of the blame when the Browns lost offensive weapons like Peyton Hillis. Now he’ll have an opportunity to be part of a winning program, working for a true quarterbacks’ coach in Jim Harbaugh. Wish him the best of luck with the 49ers!

  17. fezzy1 says: Apr 1, 2013 4:56 PM

    DGD!!

  18. hrmlss says: Apr 1, 2013 4:56 PM

    Kapernick’s must have gotten too big for Harbaugh.

  19. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 1, 2013 4:57 PM

    If I was McCoy, I’d be thrilled right now.
    Seriously.

  20. rcotner says: Apr 1, 2013 4:57 PM

    Wow, the Browns actually received something for McCoy.

  21. pftjunkie says: Apr 1, 2013 4:58 PM

    I actually like this trade for Colt. He may only be a backup at this time, but he will be coached by a terrific coach in Jim Harbaugh, and if anyone can get Colt NFL ready, it would probably be Jim Harbaugh.

  22. killertech9 says: Apr 1, 2013 4:58 PM

    good for colt clevland sucks anyway

  23. kenudo says: Apr 1, 2013 4:59 PM

    9ers are making good move after good move. That’s what you can do with so many draft picks. No need to draft a guy and groom him to become a good backup; you can trade a pick which wouldn’t have even made your team for a guy with starting experience.

  24. bornking24 says: Apr 1, 2013 4:59 PM

    join a superbowl contending team to play backup and get 1.5 mil this year? Yep… McCoy should be celebrating..

  25. pacodawg says: Apr 1, 2013 4:59 PM

    Surprised they got something for him. A pick by Mike Holmgren (that nobody else wanted). Holmgren should be criminally charged for theft because of all the money he stole while he was here.

  26. sellout1983 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:00 PM

    After that hit by Harrison McCoy will still think he’s planted in the dirt back in Pittsburg.

  27. blacknole08 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:01 PM

    Good move for both sides. I bet it came down to Sf or GB for McCoy. Either way he is in a better situation.

  28. oreo51 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:01 PM

    It seems like just yesterday McCoy was being drafted.

  29. olyhawk says: Apr 1, 2013 5:01 PM

    In an attempt to one up the Seahawks the 49ers have choosen to trade valuable picks for, well colt McCoy.

  30. lostsok says: Apr 1, 2013 5:02 PM

    Colt is smart, understands the game, and has a skill set that, while limited, fits a back QB. He’s a guy that can contribute in the film room and the practice field. Like most overachievers, he totally gets the idea of “team ball.”

    He could have a long career in that role.

    Frankly, Colt McCoy joins Matt Moore as one of the best backups in the league.

  31. coop16 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:02 PM

    As a Browns fan, I will miss Colt, who is a class act all the way. As a realist, I don’t see him as a guy who could ever become the top-15 NFL QB that any team needs these days in order to have any hope of reaching the Super Bowl. So I guess we won’t miss him in a tangible way. But it sure would have been great if his performance had been as great as his attitude. I was rooting hard for him, and I’m saddened that it didn’t work out.

  32. asimonetti88 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:03 PM

    Nice trade for the 49ers. McCoy can be a similar player to what Alex Smith was with the right development and coaching. Coach Harbaugh has shown that he can really develop QBs, and I think he will like what he’s getting in McCoy. He was an outstanding player in college so the talent is there.

  33. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 1, 2013 5:04 PM

    Deb, you are too nice to be a Steeler fan poster. Please add a little edge to your posts, like:

    “I respect Colt’s toughness, too bad he had to play for a miserable team like the Browns. At least he’ll start in SF cause Kaep is a fad waiting to fade.”

    See?

  34. jason49er says: Apr 1, 2013 5:05 PM

    I hope he agreed to a paycut, he isn’t worth $2.325M. Not crazy about this one, but it was only a 7th rounder I guess.

  35. hbdbrowns33 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:06 PM

    According to Schefter the Browns get a 5th and a 7th and the 9ers get colt and a 6th.

  36. rajbais says: Apr 1, 2013 5:08 PM

    Mike Lombardi once likened Colt McCoy to Ty Detmer and now he trades McCoy to the one time home of Detmer’s, San Francisco.

  37. garyreazons55 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:10 PM

    Colt got hosed in Cleveland. Good for him.

  38. cgravyboat says: Apr 1, 2013 5:11 PM

    Smart move for the Browns. Similar to the Boldin trade. Fills a need for the 49ers while giving up next to nothing in return. Browns still make out with a pick, and Colt gets to be on a winning team. It’s a rare win-win-win.

  39. pigskinwizzard says: Apr 1, 2013 5:13 PM

    Don’t get too happy 49r fans. With an off-season under their belts, opposing defenses will be ready for Kaepernick this season. He will get knocked around. So the question is . . . Is Colt the guy you want in there? ‘Cause trust me, Colin will miss a game or two this season. Count on it!

  40. gillespie138 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:15 PM

    That’s funny, because in the beginning when Alex got traded, and I heard Colt was probably going to get cut I figured he’d land in San Francisco. His game reminds me of Alex smith’s, and comes at a cheap cost. If Kap ever goes down you have a guy that with manage the game. I totally saw this coming I have the text message to prove it lol.

  41. furtigan says: Apr 1, 2013 5:15 PM

    Scott Tolzein has actually looked pretty good commanding the offense in the preseason games he’s played…I prefer him as our #2 over McCoy, I know we need another QB or two to take to camp, so why not draft that kid from Arizona or Collin Klein and keep that pick they used to get McCoy as trade bait? I don’t get the trade, but i guess that’s why Baalke and Co. get paid the big bucks…
    …..
    I like Tolzien, too, but he’s never taken a snap in the NFL. Most coaches want at least one backup with experience, especially with a young starter. Especially with NFL-sized rosters, there are only so many practice reps to go around, and it’s very difficult to try and develop three young QBs at once. Inevitably, someone has to be the guy standing around watching. The value of a guy like McCoy is that he has the experience, has solid mechanics, and will be diligent in learning the playbook. You can put him off to the side, invest your practice time with the young guys, and know that he’ll be ready to go if you need him.

  42. kwjsb says: Apr 1, 2013 5:15 PM

    Good Luck Colt, If you get your chance at least you will have receivers that can run a route and catch the ball, a solid running game for support and an OC who calls plays from this century. Not a shot at the new regime, but between Mangenius and Shurmer, this kid was never in a situation to succeed.

  43. ickky says: Apr 1, 2013 5:16 PM

    its a beautiful day to be Colt McCoy

    Leave Cleveland for San Fran

  44. Eric Broz says: Apr 1, 2013 5:18 PM

    Meanwhile, Phil Dawson was heard saying “Crap. Now I’m gonna have to see his dumb face in truck commercials in California, too.”

  45. tecumseh1313 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:19 PM

    6th and McCoy for a 5th and a seventh.

  46. kitwor says: Apr 1, 2013 5:19 PM

    This is a really good move for the 49ers and for McCoy as well. McCoy , in a way reminded me of the way Alex Smith played. He has to be chompin at the bit to get started at camps with them.

    I would like to see how he can do with this offense when given the chance, and with Kapernick’s style of play it could happen sooner than later.

  47. Giantspunk213 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:19 PM

    I’m betting the niners package some of those picks and move up in the draft possibly for Kenny Vaccaro.

  48. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 1, 2013 5:20 PM

    The annual swap meet of unused mechandise gathering dust in the basement.

  49. seattlecoug says: Apr 1, 2013 5:21 PM

    Good for McCoy – after the Hawks D rip Kap’s knee (ala Bobby Griffin) — he’ll be a starter for a pretty decent team…

  50. lovefootball4life says: Apr 1, 2013 5:21 PM

    Still think Colt has a cool name but you’d think the niners would pick someone more durable who could run the kind of offense they run. Unless Colt’s playbook consists of 1) hand to Gore and 2) look for Crabtree downfield then immediately check down to Boldin.

  51. metrocritical says: Apr 1, 2013 5:26 PM

    Jim Harbaugh may be a jackhole, but he is inarguably a smart, talented and relentlessly intense competitor with great instincts. If he wanted Colt McCoy, there must have been a pretty sound reason to get him.

  52. southpaw77 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:26 PM

    Is Harbaugh in the hospital again or his head clouded from the Super bowl?

    Colt McCoy has the arm strength of an 85 year old man. Seriously San Fran you’re messing up. Need DB help not this broken down clipboard holder.

  53. olyhawk says: Apr 1, 2013 5:26 PM

    Seattle coug, why do we want to rip kaps knee? That’s weak, we don’t need to be cheap to beat the niners.

  54. thetooloftools says: Apr 1, 2013 5:30 PM

    Good Luck Colt. You never had a chance here in Cleveland with horrible recievers and a worse coaching staff. I hope you tear it up in San Fran.
    Your a good player who needed to go someplace where you have at least a chance.

  55. lionsdraftguy says: Apr 1, 2013 5:34 PM

    Colt McCoy automatically has no class now that he is a niner. It’s part of bring part of the organization.

  56. mungman69 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:37 PM

    Browns get a pick for McCoy?

  57. mungman69 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:43 PM

    McCoy and a 6th round for a 5th and a 7th? So Cleveland traded a 6th for a 5th?

  58. jclark6528 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:43 PM

    No offense to Colt fans, but the fact that the Browns got a 5 & 7 for Colt and a 6 is mind-blowing. I’ve always rooted for the guy to succeed and wish him good luck, but he’s got no arm, is as fragile as glass, etc… I do think this trade is good for both teams……the 49′ers got about 60% of Alex Smith for 20% of the price.

  59. Jay says: Apr 1, 2013 5:45 PM

    Phil Dawson and Colt McCoy escape the hopelessness of Cleveland

  60. dowhatifeellike says: Apr 1, 2013 5:47 PM

    Good for him. He’s just not starter material and having a solidified backup role beats the “who will start this week?” turnstyle he got in Cleveland.

  61. infectorman says: Apr 1, 2013 5:56 PM

    Niner fan spooge fest here

    Lets just hope for SF sake, he never has t play a snap.

    Not likely though, since CK will get injured

  62. gary2525 says: Apr 1, 2013 5:56 PM

    Good luck colt. Banner said they aren’t getting rid of colt at all then he turns around and trades him banner is an idiot he is a snake. Better for colt tho cause he has no chance in cleveland with banner there.

  63. richiesaurus310 says: Apr 1, 2013 6:06 PM

    Colt has experience as a starting qb in the league and is mobile. He’s perfect to be Kaep’s back up this season.

  64. krabballs says: Apr 1, 2013 6:08 PM

    So the difference between Anquan Boldin and Colt McCoy is one round? Strange.

  65. beefturkey says: Apr 1, 2013 6:10 PM

    Hard to believe the 49ers make this move, what with Vince Young and Jamarcus Russell available.

  66. mullman76 says: Apr 1, 2013 6:11 PM

    If McCoy fetched a late rounder then Palmer surely could command at least two late rounders for the Raiders.

    That would be sweet.

  67. oldway9 says: Apr 1, 2013 6:22 PM

    I left Cleveland 30 years ago and like everyone else don’t know why the Browns have always done little right. Maybe, maybe, the new owner knows football; however, as far as McCoy goes he was never given a fair shot. Even Mangini insulted him. The 49ers and Harbaugh will give him the respect he deserves.

  68. tigertaz27 says: Apr 1, 2013 6:34 PM

    Funny how everybody is making fun of the Browns and praising the 49ers for trading to get a short noodle arm qb. Niners fans beware…Do u really want Colt McCoy starting for your team if Kaepernick gets hurt? Trust me you do not!

  69. camdenyard says: Apr 1, 2013 6:38 PM

    McCoy continues the great tradition of noodle-armed QBs who’ve had their spirits crushed by the Factory of Sadness.

  70. mrobinson14 says: Apr 1, 2013 6:42 PM

    Best of luck to colt. Dealt with a lot here. Hope he does well. Literally never showed bad blood after weeden. Great person, have to root for him.

  71. 4512dawg4512 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:05 PM

    About a year late on releasing Colt. Should have done it last season when he actually had a little trade value.

  72. neepo13 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:09 PM

    This is the best thing that could have happened for Colt. He’s going to a contender, with an offensive guru as a head coach. The Browns have been through 3 head coaches since Colt was drafted. Think about that for a second. Harbaugh salvaged Smith’s career by molding an offense just for him. There is no doubt in my mind that Harbaugh could do the same for Colt, if neccessary.

    And given Kaepernick’s playing style, you might have to depend on Colt for a game or two.

  73. booboobythelake says: Apr 1, 2013 7:16 PM

    Colt’s noodle arm was no match for the winds off Lake Erie. Godspeed Colt. For all you haters out there, every Browns fan is aware they suck. No sense pouring salt in the wound.

  74. catfanatic1979v1 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:31 PM

    Colin could always get hurt carrying the ball.

  75. wgray981 says: Apr 1, 2013 7:33 PM

    Another promising QB ruined by Cleveland…sorry Colt! If it were up to me I would have kept you, never drafted Weeden, and used that 1st round pick on an offensive weapon!
    McCoy had the crappiest offense around him…Richardson and Gordon (our two best) weren’t around last year…

  76. clssylssy says: Apr 1, 2013 8:16 PM

    I’ve always like Colt McCoy and as with so many, was on the wrong team. You can beat the Harbaugh brothers for evaluating talent and the 9ers continue to impress…never thought those words would come from my mouth! It’s going to be an awesome year in the NFC West!

  77. niner650 says: Apr 1, 2013 8:28 PM

    All this “CK will get hurt” talk is funny. He, Wilson and Newton are ALL mobile quarterbacks and avoided injuries.
    I’m still waiting for the inevitable “42-13″ comment that comes in the Niners blogs whenever a move is made. It’s only a matter of time, wait for it…wait for it…

  78. benroethlisberger7 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:17 PM

    So, check it out. April Fools!

    Carson Palmer was traded to the Cardinals.
    Matt Flynn was traded to the Raiders.
    Colt McCoy was traded to the 49ers.
    John “Still Better Than Sanchez” Skelton was released.

    QB needy teams find ways to entertain us. Especially on April Fools day.

    It’s too bad the Cardinals didn’t wait two days to trade Kevin Kolb.

  79. rolli1967 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:19 PM

    Deb says: Apr 1, 2013 4:55 PM

    Good for Colt! He won me over as a rookie QB with the way he manned up against pro defenses–especially those he faced from my Steelers. He showed great poise and leadership. But he took too much of the blame when the Browns lost offensive weapons like Peyton Hillis. Now he’ll have an opportunity to be part of a winning program, working for a true quarterbacks’ coach in Jim Harbaugh. Wish him the best of luck with the 49ers!
    ——————————————————–

    Hey Deb it is good to see you again. I agree, he showed great leadership, poise and grit on that game. Boy how time flies! Unfortunately for Colt and the Browns, he does not have the arm strength for the vertical passing game that Chud/ Norv Turner want to institute for the Browns. He became the odd man out and I’m glad that the Browns were able to get at least something for him and the 49ers got a capable back-up QB with starting experience.

  80. kingcrusher says: Apr 1, 2013 9:21 PM

    I really hope Cap stays healthy, it’ll be a fun season. Good pick up for a back up. No complaints. But will definitely suck if he ends up having to start.

  81. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:30 PM

    not a bad move. he has experience and hes young and somewhat mobile

  82. neepo13 says: Apr 1, 2013 9:42 PM

    niner650 says: Apr 1, 2013 8:28 PM

    All this “CK will get hurt” talk is funny. He, Wilson and Newton are ALL mobile quarterbacks and avoided injuries.
    I’m still waiting for the inevitable “42-13″ comment that comes in the Niners blogs whenever a move is made. It’s only a matter of time, wait for it…wait for it…
    ______________________________________

    No one is saying that it will happen, that they want it to happen or anything like that. It’s just a fact that mobile QB’s are more likely to get hurt than pocket passers because they are exposed to more hits when they run. Newton, Wilson and Kaep avoided injuries, RG3 and Vick didn’t. If you look at recent history, the most successful mobile QB’s have extensive injury histories. You’ll be hard pressed to find one from the last decade that managed to consistently play a full 16 game season plus the playoffs. McNair, McNabb, even a sneaky mobile guy like Rodgers has missed atleast one game 2 of the last 3 seasons.

  83. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Apr 1, 2013 10:31 PM

    Seems like a good guy. Definitely a great pick up for the backup QB slot. Nice that the Browns were able to get something for him too.

    I wish him well but after watching him in Cleveland I don’t think he’s ever going to be starting again. He’ll have a nice career as a backup though.

  84. spedman24 says: Apr 1, 2013 10:41 PM

    Colt is awful. He literally couldn’t even start for the NYJ, ZONA, CLEV, JACKSONVILLE or BUFF

  85. ravenmuscle says: Apr 1, 2013 10:54 PM

    The niners may WANT to trade up but there may not be any takers. Plus why trade up when you pick a guy like AJ Jenkins who was a bust.

  86. artworkworld says: Apr 1, 2013 11:12 PM

    Solid move. After Vince Young Texas fans expected a let down in the zone read offense, but Colt did a great job. He can run the same offense that Kapernick runs & the 49ers wouldn’t have to change the play book if he came in. I hope he gets a chance to show what he can do. I didn’t see many Cleveland games, but what I saw when he started was painful. He had no protection & suspect receivers. He looked like the only offensive playmaker that they had. I wanted to see what he could do with a real offense. Maybe now he will get a chance, even if it just in preseason.

  87. thefiesty1 says: Apr 1, 2013 11:19 PM

    Yea, the Browns will get a really good OT or maybe a receiver that’ll catch 5 or 6 passes from those guys and Colt can Resuracate his career with a real team around him.

  88. shkz4 says: Apr 1, 2013 11:43 PM

    Welcome to the Niners McCoy!!!

  89. dmackdaddy says: Apr 2, 2013 12:49 AM

    The best part if Colt may not even make the team and its still no loss for the 49ers.

  90. sixjak says: Apr 2, 2013 2:22 PM

    olyhawk says:
    Apr 1, 2013 5:01 PM
    In an attempt to one up the Seahawks the 49ers have choosen to trade valuable picks for, well colt McCoy.

    __________

    Get over yourself already. If a team is drafting and trading for the sole purpose of one upping another team, then they really have no business being in the NFL. A good move is a good move and only time can determine that.

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