As the opening of NFL training camps draw closer, it’s looking inevitable that the Cleveland Browns will be moving QB Colt McCoy either through a trade or even an outright release. Two reports surfaced Friday that the Cleveland Browns are only seeking minimal compensation in return for Colt McCoy, perhaps a sixth-round draft pick. The jury remains out as to whether or not McCoy can become a starting caliber quarterback in the NFL, due in part to the fact Cleveland never really surrounded him with a high level of offensive talent. However, McCoy does come with a cap-friendly salary for the next two seasons.
Which NFL teams might be interested in Colt McCoy?
Green Bay Packers- The Packers have been linked to McCoy because of their use of the West Coast offense. Signing McCoy would mean the team would have to carry three quarterbacks, something the Packers did not do until late in the season last year. Green Bay added Graham Harrell, this year’s backup to Aaron Rodgers to the 53-man roster on December 7 last year after blocking the Buffalo Bills from adding him to their roster. Harrell was undrafted in 2009 out of Texas Tech and played one season in Canada for the Saskatchewan Roughriders before spending two seasons on the Packers practice squad.
Philadelphia Eagles- Could this be the last year for Michael Vick in Philadelphia? Third-year quarterback Mike Kafka seems to be making strikes for the Eagles and looks in great shape for Philadelphia this offseason. Vick is scheduled to earn $15.5 million in 2013 but if he continues his struggles with turnovers this season, the team could part ways with the veteran southpaw. Head coach Andy Reid has a successful track record of developing young quarterbacks and might take on the project.
Arizona Cardinals- This could very well be the last season Kevin Kolb gets to prove he was worth the price the Cardinals paid for him. Kolb was booed last week by fans when he took the field at the team’s minicamp. John Skelton could actually beat Kolb out as the team’s starter this season. Arizona currently has four quarterbacks on their roster but could add McCoy while dropping Richard Bartel and rookie Ryan Lindley.
Jacksonville Jaguars- Is Blaine Gabbert really the answer for the Jaguars? The team added Chad Henne this offseason and could become the Jacksonville starter at some point this season. McCoy would add veteran depth at the position.
Denver Broncos- Will Peyton Manning last the entire season? No one knows at this point but who assumes control if Manning goes down? Rookie QB Brock Osweiler is a project and not ready to step in right now. As a veteran backup, the Broncos signed free agent Caleb Haine. Did John Elway not watch Haine on the field down the stretch last season for the Bears after Jay Cutler went down?