Between his season-ending concussion and the first-round pick of quarterback Brandon Weeden, for Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, the writing appears to be on the wall. Training camp begins in a few weeks but McCoy isn’t quite ready to cede his position yet.
On Tuesday, McCoy said to the Abilene Reporter-News that he’s not quite done with the Browns. He commented, “I really like Cleveland. I’ve always been a guy that wants to finish what he starts.”
McCoy is entering his third season with the Browns. He was a third-round pick in 2010 and in his tenure with the team, he’s started in 21 games (13 in 2011) but sat out in the last three games of his sophomore season due to his concussion. In 2011, he threw for 2,733 yards, 14 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.
With Weeden nipping on his heels, McCoy is really just asking for an opportunity to compete/fight for the job even after the team has supposedly traded to trade him. He said, “That’s part of my nature. You’re getting everything I have, whether that’s working, preparing, studying or practicing. Unfortunately, a lot of things are out of my control. The main thing for me is not to worry about those things I can’t control. I have to go in, do my job and have high character and compete my tail off, if the opportunity’s available. Other than that, there’s not much you can do. So that’s what I try to do every day.”
So what’s the likelihood of seeing McCoy at the helm this fall? Probably not good. He does seem to understand that the team needs a change or really an upgrade than what he has given them the last two seasons.
McCoy said, “It’s been a rough ride thus far. We’ve had our ups and downs. I’ve had three [offensive] coordinators going into my third year. Two head coaches in two years. There’s been some ups and downs and things you have to fight through. Most are things out of your control. But for me, I would just like a little consistency. I love the town. I love the fans. I think they truly deserve a winning football team. That’s what I want to do. I want to be there for the ride of turning that thing around. We’ll see what happens.”
Somehow I don’t see him in a starting role with the team. McCoy had been rumored as a possible third-stringer for the Dallas Cowboys but that story is dead.
Meanwhile, Weeden’s four-year contract remains unsigned as there’s a little snag with guaranteed money. Last week, Weeden sounded optimistic and said regarding the contract, “It’ll get done. We’re working. It takes two sides, though.”
An option according to CBSSports, is if the Browns don’t guarantee Weeden’s final contract year, he may have to accept a combination of guaranteed money and a roster bonus.
With Weeden’s addition, the team is building its hopes on the player as well as also unsigned rookie running back Trent Richardson.