Draft Updates, Day 2: Expecting a Colt McCoy trade today « The Chronicle-Telegram – Lorain County’s leading news source
Day 2 of the NFL Draft begins tonight at 7 with the second and third rounds. the Browns hold the No. 37 overall pick – fifth in the second round – and No. 67. First-round picks Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden are also scheduled for a news conference in Berea this afternoon.
The Browns will introduce running back Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden today at 2 o’clock, but that may not be the biggest news coming out of Berea.
Quarterback Colt McCoy will likely be traded, just a day after Weeden was drafted at No. 22 to replace him as the starter. McCoy’s camp told NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora he isn’t asking to be traded, but the feeling is the Browns will choose to move on from McCoy, a third-round pick in 2010.
General manager Tom Heckert said Thursday night the team would discuss the possibility of trading McCoy. Packerreport.com said Green Bay and Cleveland are talking about a deal.
The Packers run a similar West Coast Offense as the Browns, and McCoy would be MVP Aaron Rodgers’ backup. Previous backup Matt Flynn signed with Seattle in free agency.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier the Browns told McCoy on Thursday they wouldn’t take a quarterback in the first round. That would’ve been leaked to Schefter by someone in McCoy’s camp, which could hasten his departure and nullify his comments about not asking for a trade.
The relationship between the Browns and McCoy hasn’t been the same since he suffered a concussion on a vicious hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison but was allowed to re-enter the game. McCoy’s father, Brad, ripped the Browns, and that didn’t go over well with the front office.
McCoy went 6-15 as a starter.
Veteran Seneca Wallace would be in line to continue as the backup to Weeden, and Thaddeus Lewis is also on the roster. the Browns could also try to acquire a different veteran and release Wallace.
Schefter reported the Browns planned to take Baylor receiver Kendall Wright with the No. 22 pick and they were “bummed” when he was taken No. 20 by Tennessee. the Browns adjusted their plan and selected Weeden.
The Browns haven’t commented today, but Thursday night general manager Tom Heckert was asked if he would’ve taken Weeden if Wright were available.
“We didn’t have to make that decision,” Heckert said. “We liked Kendall, we really did.
“We liked Kendall and there were a couple of guys that we liked, but a quarterback is a quarterback, which I think that outweighs everything, at least in our opinion.”
The Browns gave Minnesota the Nos. 4, 118, 139 and 211 picks for the No. 3 pick to guarantee they’d get Richardson. some analysts believe the Browns didn’t need to make the deal because no one else was going to trade with the Vikings, who wouldn’t have taken Richardson.
“I know exactly what was offered to Minnesota, so we knew we had to trade to get him if we wanted him. I know that for a fact,” Heckert said.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman told ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” he talked to multiple teams about trading the pick.
“It was more than Cleveland that had called and inquired about our pick,” Spielman said. “We were talking with some other teams, then we talked to Cleveland.
“I think it was a deal that was beneficial for both teams. we did have some interest in our pick, Cleveland really honed in on the player they wanted and I think he’s going to be a great player and we were able to get the player we want. from a trade standpoint I think everything worked out well for both sides.”
Heckert was glad he made the move to get Richardson.
“I talked to Rick (Spielman) maybe four or five times before (Thursday) and I talked to him (Wednesday) about it,” he said. “To be honest with you, some people think trades happen when people make stuff up. there are a lot of guys that we respect each other.
“I’m not saying that you need to tell all of the truth, but you don’t lie to your friends. When he told me he had this, I believed him and I came to find out he did. I trusted him, so as soon as he told me he had something I beat it.”
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