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Browns trade QB Colt McCoy, 6th-round draft selection to 49ers in exchange for two picks

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 1, 2013


The Browns have traded quarterback Colt McCoy and a sixth-round draft pick (No. 173 overall) to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for one selection in the fifth round (No. 164) and another in the seventh round (No. 227), league sources told the Beacon Journal today.

McCoy attended the first day of the Browns' offseason conditioning program today, a source said. News of the trade broke this evening when Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports first reported McCoy was heading to the 49ers. The Browns later announced the deal but did not disclose the exact draft picks involved.

McCoy became expendable last week when the Browns signed veteran quarterback Jason Campbell to a two-year contract. The Browns acquired Campbell, 31, to push incumbent starting quarterback Brandon Weeden, 29, who enters the offseason No. 1 on the depth chart.

McCoy, 26, started eight games as a rookie after being drafted in the third round (No. 85 overall) in 2010. In 2011, he started all 13 games before suffering a season-ending concussion as a result of a helmet-to-face mask blast from former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

The Browns drafted Weeden 22nd overall last year, and McCoy hasn’t started since. He appeared in three games last season.

McCoy has completed 409-of-702 passes (58.3 percent) for 4,388 yards and 21 touchdowns with 20 interceptions. His career passer rating is 74.8, and his record as a starter is 6-15.

In addition to Campbell and Weeden, the Browns have quarterback Thaddeus Lewis under contract.

The Browns had only six draft picks before the trade and wanted to pick up more. Now they have seven selections in the draft, which runs April 25-27.

Here are the Browns' picks after the trade: first round (No. 6 overall); third round (No. 68); fourth round (No. 104); fifth round (Nos. 139 and 164); sixth round (No. 175); and seventh round (No. 227).

The sixth-round pick (No. 173) the Browns gave up in the trade to the 49ers was acquired last year from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade for safety David Sims.


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