Has Colt McCoy’s career with the Cleveland Browns come to an end? According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns have agreed to a two-year deal with free agent quarterback Jason Campbell. The Browns had been connected to speculation surrounding a possible trade for New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. A report this evening suggests that the Patriots are asking for a first or possibly second-round pick in exchange for Mallett, a move which the Browns are unlikely to agree to.
Cleveland has been open to the possibility of trading first-year signal caller Brandon Weeden, but seriously, how much interest will there be in a second-year quarterback preparing to turn 30.
McCoy and Weeden are just two of the player moves that led to the demise of former Browns executive Mike Holmgren. In all fairness to McCoy, the Browns did not do their best to surround him with offensive weapons while he was the starting quarterback. His accuracy was documented in college, but scouts have long questioned his arm strength and ability to play at the NFL level.
Campbell did not have a successful stint with the Chicago Bears last season, but the only two games he saw extensive action were against the league’s two best defenses, the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers, while Campbell was playing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Campbell showed promise early on in his career, but during his time in the league he has had to seemingly deal with a new offensive coordinator or head coach virtually every year.
Campbell has more starting experience that Weeden and McCoy combined and gives the Browns a solid backup quarterback. With first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski employing a deep vertical passing game, it’s likely that Colt McCoy has put on a Browns jersey for the last time.