The Browns’ decision to draft Brandon Weeden with the 22nd overall selection has naturally led to a lot of talk about Colt McCoy.
Coach Pat Shurmur addressed some of those topics, including the report that the team told McCoy that they wouldn’t draft a quarterback in the first round. Shurmur said that report was “absolutely false.”
“For the record, we don’t consult our players about what we’re doing in the draft,” Shurmur said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I think it’s ridiculous to assume that we would say those things. I just want to be strong about the no.”
Shurmur also said that the team was not shopping McCoy on Friday night and that there has not been a definitive decision about trading McCoy, although he stopped well short of being “strong about the no” when it came to the likelihood that McCoy was heading elsewhere. Cabot reports that a source said the team wants to take a little time to figure out what to do, a decision that will also take into account Seneca Wallace. Wallace has two years left on his deal with salaries of $2.4 million and $2.85 million while McCoy is set to make $540,000 and $575,000 in those seasons.
All of those decisions will likely be about who is backing up Weeden. Shurmur called him “our guy going forward” and you wouldn’t expect anything less after the Browns spent a first round pick to bring him to the team.