As we get closer to the season, Colt McCoy is one of the biggest names, if not the biggest name, who is very available via trade. McCoy is the incumbent starter in Cleveland, but struggled en route to a 4-12 record last year, prompting the Browns to use a 1st round pick on Brandon Weeden, a soon to be 29 year old quarterback. Given Weeden’s age, they want him out there week 1 and because of McCoy’s popularity in the locker room, they want him gone so as not to create any distractions for Weeden. They are shopping him on the cheap.
The Eagles and Packers have been thrown around as possibilities as they are good teams in need of backup quarterbacks, but so far no deal has been reached. Interest will pick up in Training Camp as teams are given a chance to more accurately assess their quarterback situation. One team that makes some sense, according to ESPN Cleveland, is the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have Chase Daniel as their primary backup behind starter Drew Brees right now. The 2009 undrafted free agent has thrown all of 8 passes in the NFL and currently has a fractured throwing thumb.
McCoy would serve as a more proven backup and insurance in case Brees holds out into the season, which he is not expected to do. McCoy would also fit because the Saints have had no problem with shorter quarterbacks before. The 6-1 McCoy would fit in perfectly with the 6 foot tall Drew Brees and the 6 foot tall Chase Daniel. Also, as Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland points out, playing indoors wouldn’t “tax his questionable arm strength.” Wherever he goes, McCoy is certainly a good value in a trade. He’s not starting caliber, but he’s at least an above average backup. He’s experienced, he’s still only 26 in September, and he’s owed just over a million combined over the next 2 seasons. You can do a lot worse things with a 7th round pick.