May 22, 2012; Berea, OH, USA: Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) and quarterback Colt McCoy (12) during organized team activities at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
The Cleveland Browns' backup quarterback situation isn't going away quite yet.
Tony Grossi, Browns beat writer for ESPN Cleveland, reported Friday that the Browns would prefer to trade Colt McCoy over releasing him, mentioning a sensitivity to the "raw deal" McCoy faced.
When Weeden was drafted, I was told by an NFL source that the Browns didn’t want to "pile on" McCoy and just release him. They were sensitive to the fact he had gotten such a raw deal already.
They would like to find McCoy a new team, a new opportunity, to spare him the ignominy of being released. They will not demand much in a trade.
Later Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com cited Grossi's report in an article with the following headline, "Colt McCoy reportedly put on trading block by Browns."
Grossi, however, did include Mike Holmgren's statement that for "now" there are no plans to trade McCoy.
Holmgren said "right now" the plan is not to trade or release the third wheel.
"That’s not to say we might change something, but right now, no," he said. "Right now, they are all practicing very hard. Our quarterback position is a strong position, in my opinion.
"Something might happen as we approach training camp or during the training camp season."
That didn't stop Case McCoy, Colt's younger brother and QB at the University of Texas, from taking to twitter...
The tweet has since been deleted but not before it was retweeted by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
RT @CaseMcCoy6 Good luck Brandon! Fan of you, but my brother's pulling the lucky straw on this one! Cleveland is only going downhill!— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 16, 2012
Well, now Browns fans know where Case stands on our backup QB situation. Granted, it shouldn't be all that surprising that he would stick up for his brother, that fact that the original tweet was swiftly deleted is telling. It definitely contrasts with the usual high standard of class we've seen Colt handle this entire situation with thus far.
Personally, I've been back and forth on this more than a football fan ever should be concerning a backup, possible third string QB. It's actually been Colt McCoy's handling of it so far that makes me think he could really work as our backup quarterback. I still think he has a lot more upside as a backup than Seneca Wallace, who hasn't shied away from talking in the least bit.
So, what's your opinion of Case McCoy's tweet and has your opinion on the Browns' backup QB situation changed since the start of minicamps?