Monday, April 1, 2013

Browns trade Colt McCoy to 49ers


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

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers obtained McCoy and the Browns sixth-round pick in exchange for their fifth- and seventh-round picks, which Florio has also confirmed.

So that’s the 164th overall pick and the 237th in exchange for the 173rd and a warm body, so they moved down nine spots and threw in a seventh to get a guy to back up Colin Kaepernick.
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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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