Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com reports that sources have him informed him that the Cleveland Browns are in fact shopping QB Colt McCoy and are supposedly looking for “minimal compensation” in return for him.
This coincides with previous reports. Yesterday, ESPN’s John Clayton tweeted that the Green Bay Packers seem like a logical option, but they seem to like their backup quarterback situation. It will certainly be interesting to see what if any team’s show interest in trading for McCoy now that the asking price has come down considerably.
ESPN Cleveland‘s Tony Grossi spoke with an NFL source who mentions that the Browns decided against releasing QB Colt McCoy following the draft because they didn’t want it to see like they were “piling on” him.
Grossi adds that Cleveland will not be looking for much in return for McCoy in the coming because they supposedly wound like to give him “a new team, a new opportunity, to spare him the ignominy of being released.”
There’s no question that the Browns put him in a very difficult situation to succeed, considering the lack of talent that they surrounded him with. There really hasn’t been a lot of interest in him thus far, but that may have had to do with Cleveland’s asking price. The Packers were reportedly considering a trade for him, but were only willing to part with a late-round draft pick in return for him.
Cleveland Browns GM Mike Holmgren said that as of “right now” there is no plan to move one of the backup quarterbacks currently on the Browns roster. However, he added that “that’s not to say we might not change something,” per Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
During the draft the Browns were shopping QB Colt McCoy after selecting QB Brandon Weeden in the first round, but they found almost no interest in such a trade. Seneca Wallace came out and said that he would not be happy remaining as the no. 3 quarterback on the Browns roster, as he feels that he can still be an effective player.
With three quarterbacks on the Browns roster, it does seem like something will happen in the coming months, so this will certainly be one of the main topics surrounding the Browns heading into training camp.