Schefter: Browns Told McCoy No QB in First Round

Heading into Thursday night’s festivities, the Cleveland Browns reportedly told quarterback Colt McCoy that they would not be selecting a position-specific competitor in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Browns, who had their sites set on Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright with the 22nd-overall pick, changed gears to ensure that they landed the quarterback of the future in Brandon Weeden rather than gambling on his availability later in the draft. After a spring of saying that McCoy was the quarterback for the upcoming season, the NFL as a business reared it’s ugly head.

Given that McCoy has avoided all media attention heading into the draft, coupled with this latest news, the writing appears to be on the wall: Colt McCoy’s tenure as a Cleveland Browns quarterback has come to an end. The Browns will likely try to trade McCoy, who’s value would undoubtedly be higher to other teams than that of reserve quarterback Seneca Wallace, with the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers already being floated as potential landing spots.

The Browns own the 37th- and 67th-overall selections and will likely look to secure protection for Weeden as well as a receiving option for the passing game.

[Related: Browns Select Trent Richardson #3 in the 2012 NFL Draft]

  • Poor Colt. 

  • BuckeyeDawg

    Shame that it’s probably going to end like this…Colt seems to be a good guy who has always tried hard, but just couldn’t get it done, whether it be because of lack of talent around him or his own physical shortcomings.  I will always be of the mind that he didn’t get a real fair shake here, but sometimes that’s how things go in life.  Would have liked to have seen what he could do with more talent around him, but H & H have apparently seen enough.  Both of those guys have forgotten more about QB’s than I will ever know, so I have to trust their judgement that McCoy doesn’t have what it takes to get us to the next level. 

    Assuming his time here is over, I wish him the best…

  • Hey Tom!

    McCoy has 0 trade value right now. 

    If I am any team in the NFL and my phone rings with Tom on the line to trade Colt why do I bother? I know he’s not your starter and I know you want to move him.

    Too easy for teams to just sit back and wait for him to be cut.

    PS – not only do you have to cut McCoy but now Seneca will most likely be gone as well.  Dude didn’t want to back up McCoy…how thrilled will he be to backup a 29 year old rookie.

    He’ll be a bigger locker room cancer than before.

    At this point I honestly see them needing to pick another rook QB and a veteran scrap heap to be able to go into next year.

  • MrCleaveland

    Heckert: “Colt, we will not be selecting a position-specific competitor in the first round.”

    Colt: “You mean you won’t be selecting a quarterback in the first round, don’t you?”

    Heckert: “Colt, we really like you. We will not be selecting a position-specific competitor in the first round.”

    Colt: “But what does that mean?”

    Holmgren: “What Tom is trying to say is that we won’t be selecting a position-specific competitor in the first round. We really really like you.”

    Heckert: “By the way, do you happen to have your playbook handy?”

  • Harv 21

    Oh, I see. Secretive H & H shared their actual draft strategy with Colt and trusted him not to share it with anyone, not even his agent and his old man.

    Memo to Schefter:  Try verifying, don’t just repeat verbatim what a disappointed party tells you in a post-pick call. Silly season ended at 7:59 p.m. yesterday, and the reporting standards can now be raised a little.

  • Derek

    I always supported Colt and wanted us to give him weapons to see if he could really be that guy. Not sure how much you can expect from a player when you are throwing to MoMass, Robiskie and a rookie RB converted WR that was out of football for a year. This doesn’t include getting your brains knocked out on a regular basis and getting thrown back in after a concussion. Yet you never heard the kid complain and he was truly a team player. The Pats and Jets games two years ago seem so far away now. I hope nothing but the best for Colt and hopefully we didn’t ruin your career like so many other quarterbacks. Just be glad you are getting away from such an inept franchise. 

  • JRS19

    Yeah, can’t see many teams lining up to grab Colt.  He reminds me of Charlie Frye.  Good guy that you want to root for, but just can’t quite get it done.  I like Weeden’s confidence and the fact that he’s older, I think will really help him adjust quicker.  Need another impact WR though.  

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    He might in the context that he is still young, you know what youre getting, etc.  Agreed the offer will not be spectacular.  I want to trade him though to avoid that whole “QB controversy” thing that I hear is a problem in other NFL franchises.  Thank God the Browns never had to deal with one of those… 

  • BuckeyeDawg

     All of this being said, I wouldn’t mind him sticking around and competing for the starting job and maybe being the backup (assuming Weeden beats him out) …but seeing how all of this went down that doesn’t seem like a great situation and probably isn’t likely…

  • Saurabhgup

    this front office are dopes.  Chris Weinke Redux in the first round?  So now they expect this old guy to perform when he still doesnt have 1) right side of O line and 2) WR that actually catches the ball…Little should be moved to CB cause he can’t catch.  

    Idiots.  I am seriously on the verge of being done with this team.

    Factory of Sadness indeed.

  • cmm13

    Once again, i stopped reading after “Adam Schefter reports that…”

  • Max

    hmmm…wears number 3, make questionable throws under pressure, comes from an OSU, and the primary school colors are orange and black…are we talking about Brandon Weeden or Derek Anderson?

    In the end though, if Weeden is solid, then fantastic. Time will hopefully help add some perspective (that and actually allowing the Browns to finish their daft). Right now though, I have heartburn. My question is with their decision making process, on the whole. If Weeden works out, then my faith in their “process” will be renewed. But that’s the funny thing: they asked us for faith in their “process” and it seems they are the ones who abandoned their “process”. Thats what concerns me most.

    Again, I so totally hope Im wrong and in August I feel like a complete idiot. Wouldn’t be the first, or last, time

  • Nobody

    Colt is younger than Weeden, no? I’d hate to say it, but the Weeden pick screams wasted pick…

  • Garry_Owen

    Seems to me that in terms of trade value, the Browns might be more likely to trade Wallace.  Either way, we’re trading a back-up QB to another team.  Nobody would be looking at this as a trade for a starter.  With that in mind, I would think that the better trade option for other teams is Wallace, who is at least a very much proven back-up.  I would also think that the Browns would rather have Colt as their back-up, with the outside chance that he could still play if/when Weeden breaks his hip (obligatory bitter old joke from an old guy that would kill to be 29 again).

    But that’s just me.  I could be, and probably am, wrong.  Either way, I hope the best for Colt. 

  • The only way they can screw this up more is by starting Colt. They spent the pick, the guy is old, he has to start day one.

  • I have a hard time believing the front office took the time to call Colt McCoy yesterday to ensure him they aren’t taking a QB in the 1st round.  Why would they do that?  They were busy discussing and making a trade to #3 for Richardson.  It just doesn’t seem like calling your 3rd-year, mediocre QB would be high on the priority list of things to do on the first day of the draft.

    I suppose it’s possible Colt called them to ask the question, but that seems downright pathetic and equally unlikely.  My guess is this is some BS floated by an agent to get Colt out of town.  It just might work.

  • TSR3000


  • TSR3000

     Yeah good luck with that.

  • CP

    Rumored talks between Green Bay and Cleveland regarding a trade for Colt. 6th or 7th rounder…

  • Ike

    He’s a professional football player. Nature of the beast..

  • Vagabond

     Reporting : Standards , Texting : Grammar

  • Humboldt

    With apologies to Billy Madison…

    “I’ll take business ethics…” ~ Mike Holmgren

  • BuckeyeDawg

     If Weeden ends up being considerably better than Colt, is it still a wasted pick?

  • Ritz

    Yes because of the age. Spending a first round pick on a soon to be 29 year old is not a good idea. Even if he is good, I would rather they picked a player who will be good longer.

  • erchoov

    I’m worried that Colt’s going to give away all the secrets to our offensive success.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I think what you mean is that Colt is going to give away a DVD of “The Secret of my Success” starring Michael J. Fox.  Great flick.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I guess I will disagree.  If Weeden comes in and lights it up and makes us a contender over the next 5-6 years, not many will view him as a “wasted pick”. 

  • Harv 21

    Colt would be a decent back-up. Taking a 6th or 7th rounder = “No son, our policy is that Mr Merlotti must escort you out, immediately. Please leave the sweats and, um, technically that’s our laptop. (Psst, Lew, take him out the back, new meat’s coming in the front).”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I believe this story could have happened but regardless it’s just another try at a QB.  The Browns have hard-ons for QBs.  Keep trying until you hopefully get it right.

  • Ritz

    I think 6 is pushing it but I don’t know, I just want a guy who will be just as good, only not be old in football years in a few years. But you are right. If he is great for 5 years that’s one thing. But typically QBs need, let’s say 3 years to develop. (Remember he may be 28 but had never taken an NFL snap). So that leaves like 2 years, maybe 3 at a top level – I submit that’s not enough out of a first round pick.

  • Tim K.

    Misleading and you can’t fault the front office THAT MUCH. They were probably looking to get Wright at 22 and then Weeden at 37. So, yeah, they weren’t planning to draft one in the first round, because they were looking to do it in the 2nd! Not much better for Colt!

    Also, look at it this way. You go in saying you want Richardson, Wright and Weeden with 4, 22 and 37. You do your job and ensure Richardson and then another team takes Wright. Now, you risk not getting 2 of your top 3 guys if someone takes Weeden before 37. I am okay with the decision to jump at 22. They’ll still get a good player at 37. Lots of mocks had them going J. Martin at 22…that wouldn’t have looked too smart, eh? He’s probably a mid to late 2nd rounder now. 

  • Harv 21

    Doubt Seneca has more trade value. Colt can still improve, theoretically. Seneca is like 33 and 10 years into it thinks it’s ok to share delusions of starterdom with the press. Not sure who would trade for a toxic me-first old back-up.

  • Garry_Owen

    Prolly right. Cancer aside, though, I could see a team trying to get a guy that could play now if their main guy goes down.

  • erchoov

    Haha.  I’ve always pictured Pat Shurmer’s playbook being drawn with crayons. 

  • Goobers, eh? Welp, seeya later.

  • ricktenny

    It is now December 20, 2012.
    I just came across this article and was struck by the obsurdity of the entire situation that led to this article. Now the NFL ready QB Weeden has shown himself to be anything but ready. After a season with only two games left not only his ability but his intelligence and courage are being openly questioned.
    The McCoy detractors have had a season to watch Weeden and now openly praise McCoy as a superior QB.
    And lastly the team president has already been fired. The other coaches and front office types involved in the Weeden fiasco are now almost certain to be fired after the season.