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.