The Cleveland Browns are reportedly interested in moving quarterback Colt McCoy for “minimal compensation” in return, and according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN, the Rams could be a possible destination. The Browns could be looking for as little as a sixth- or seventh-round pick in return for the quarterback, who fell behind rookie Brandon Weeden on the Cleveland depth chart during the offseason.
I think everyone has known that McCoy was going to be on the market since the draft, and I have heard the Rams mentioned as a possibility more than once in connection with him. If you think about it, I guess it makes sense. Kellen Clemens and Tom Brandstater certainly aren’t the long-term answers to backup Sam Bradford, and while rookie Austin Davis is a guy I like for down the road, he seems a long way from being ready to contribute. Bradford has been know to be susceptible to injury on occasion, and with the continued questions on the offensive line, I think talking backups is in bounds. Is McCoy a giant upgrade over Clemens? I think he probably is an upgrade, but I don’t know is the separation is as great as some might think. I kind of like Clemens as the backup right now. He’s highly familiar with the new offense, and he has been a backup long enough that he he knows how to help the starter prepare in the system. As Bradford continues to grow as an NFL QB, maybe a guy like Clemens is more valuable right now than McCoy would be.
If I were making the decisions, I think I’d let someone else trade for McCoy and keep Clemens around for a little while. Clemens can help Bradford transition to the Brian Schottenheimer offense and continue to be a capable veteran backup who can step in and run the offense if called upon. As Bradford gets settled in the league and becomes a more known quantity in a few years, the team can then either draft a young QB to backup Sam or go after a young veteran. Right now, I think Clemens might be the answer instead of McCoy.