Top 5 Potential Suitors For Colt McCoy
The Cleveland Browns drafted Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, effectively closing the door on the Colt McCoy experiment.
Weeden is arguably an upgrade in talent immediately, has a stronger arm, and should be able to take over the offense from day one. That leaves McCoy as a backup, or on another team. With a capable backup already in place in Seneca Wallace, it’s looking more and more like the Browns and McCoy will head for a divorce in the near future, rather than keep McCoy around as a potential distraction.
With that said, McCoy followers are probably wondering where he could potential land in a trade, or even if he’s released. According to Jeff McLane via Twitter, the Philadelphia Eagles aren’t likely to be a potential suitor, so for now I’ll leave them off the list. I also don’t think Cleveland is dumb enough to keep McCoy in the AFC North, so you can rule out the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals, as well.
Still, some team could use an upgrade at backup quarterback, and McCoy is not absent of talent and potential. Here’s five teams that could make a lot of sense:
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay is the one that jumps out at you, so let’s start with them. Obviously Aaron Rodgers is the man and will keep McCoy benched as long as he’s healthy, but if A-Rod ever goes down, the Packers are looking at extended action from rookie B.J. Coleman or Graham Harrell.
This could be the 2011 Indianapolis Colts all over again if they stand pat as is. McCoy isn’t likely a star in the making, but he knows the West Coast Offense and is suited for it, while he does have the tools to become a pretty decent starter down the road. Consider it both a project for the Green Bay coaching staff, as well as a major backup quarterback upgrade.
Adam Weber doesn’t belong in the NFL, Caleb Hanie has gone through all of his mulligans, and Brock Osweiler isn’t ready. McCoy isn’t a perfect match for Denver’s offense, but he’s without a doubt an upgrade over all the other quarterbacks behind Peyton Manning. In Denver, McCoy gives the Broncos a legit backup option if Manning goes “all 2011″ on Denver, while he can learn behind one of the best ever and possibly turn his career around.
Matt Ryan is as reliable as they come, but the Falcons could still use a better backup quarterback that the aging Chris Redman. McCoy would be an upgrade and offers more upside if Ryan were to ever go down for an extended period of time. I like to think he’d actually fare pretty well with Atlanta’s explosive offensive weapons, too.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dan Orlovsky is Josh Freeman’s top backup, so not much else needs to be said here. Freeman stays healthy, but the Buccaneers could use a better backup plan, especially given that he does take off and run a little more than the average quarterback.
St. Louis Rams
Kellen Clemens being in the NFL is one thing. Being the top backup to Sam Bradford is another. Bradford actually missed quite a few games last year due to ankle woes, so making an upgrade at quarterback could be a move the Rams consider making. After all, Jeff Fisher knows what inconsistency and injuries at the quarterback position can do to you from his days with Vince Young and Kerry Collins in Tennessee. McCoy may not be an elite talent, but he’s a much safer option that Clemens or the third stringer Tom Brandstater.