Colt McCoy traded: Cleveland QB shipped to San Francisco for draft picks
Colt McCoy traded: The Texas signal caller was going to be the Browns quarterback of the future. But Cleveland stumbled, resulting in Colt McCoy being traded.
McCoy, who became expendable when Cleveland signed veteran free agent quarterback Jason Campbell last week, was traded Monday to the San Francisco 49ers for two draft picks.
The Browns confirmed the deal on the same day new coach Rob Chudzinski welcomed more than 60 players — including McCoy — for the start of the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program.
The Browns only said they received two "undisclosed" draft choices, but a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the team got a fifth- and seventh-round pick in this month's NFL draft in exchange for McCoy and Cleveland's sixth-round pick. The person provided details of the trade on condition of anonymity. The Browns now have seven picks in this year's draft.
McCoy is one of 18 quarterbacks to start for the Browns since 1999. The team's inability to find a franchise QB is among the biggest reasons Cleveland has made the playoffs just once in 14 seasons.
For a short period, McCoy showed promise of being the quarterback to revive the Browns. But he was flattened on a vicious hit in 2011, lost his job to Brandon Weeden last season and became the odd-man out after Campbell's arrival.