Former Browns quarterback Colt McCoy participated in a conference call today with the media, including reporters who cover the his new team, the San Francisco 49ers.
On Monday, the Browns traded McCoy and a sixth-round draft pick (No. 173 overall) to the 49ers in exchange for one selection in the fifth round (No. 164) and another in the seventh round (No. 227). McCoy became expendable last week when the Browns signed Jason Campbell to push Brandon Weeden, who’s in line to retain his job as the team’s starting quarterback.
Here are excerpts from the conference call with McCoy:
Did the Browns keep in you the loop when they were looking for trades and did you know the 49ers were interested?: “Not exactly. I actually showed up in Cleveland yesterday to start the offseason. I didn’t really know what was going to happen. I think there was a lot of speculation. But at the end of the day yesterday, I was a 49er, and I couldn’t have been more happy.”
What’s your reaction to being a 49er?: “I think first off, there’s a lot of emotions going on. I definitely loved my time in Cleveland. I have nothing but great thanks to the fans, to the organization. There were lots of ups and downs, but [I] really appreciated everything that I went through there, the things that I learned, the way that I grew. By the time I kind of got a lot of my emotions in check by the end of the day yesterday, I was really pleased to come here to San Francisco. I think it’s a great opportunity, great staff, great locker room, very well-run organization. I’ve only been here for half a day, but it’s becoming very obvious.”
Do you think you got a fair shake in Cleveland?: “I’d really rather stay away from that topic. There were some very positive, high moments there and there were also some low times. It was unfortunate kind of the way it all went down and ended, but I have no hard feelings toward those guys. I wish them nothing but the best. The new staff -- the new owner, Mr. [Jimmy] Haslam, [CEO] Joe Banner -- I think they’re really focused on making that a winning organization. At the end of the day when I leave there, I’m thankful for my opportunity here, and I wish them all the best.”
Did you need to leave Cleveland and get a fresh start?: “You know what? It happened this way, so I kind of live and never look back. There were some great things that went on and some times that I learned from some things that went on. I have no hard feelings. I know that’s probably a shock for some people to hear that. But at the end of the day, I think I am where I’m supposed to be right now, and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Did you ask your agent to be traded from Cleveland?: “I just told him that I wanted what’s best. I think there’s a situation that hopefully will work out the best for both us -- me and the Browns’ organization. So I think the focus here is it was a quick turnaround, a quick change of events, lots of emotions involved. Obviously I was drafted in Cleveland, experienced some ups and downs over the last three years and I went in with the mindset to compete. But I’ll carry that mindset over here as well.”
How are you health-wise and do you think the Browns had your best interest in mind that night when you suffered the concussion?: “Health-wise, I’m great. My body feels really good. Sometimes I think about the positive things that I had to go through last year and one of them is my body’s extremely healthy. I feel really good. I feel really confident. My shoulder feels well. I think that year last year to be able to really focus on that and getting it healthy is a positive thing. I try to look at the bright side of a lot of things obviously. The concussion, that was two years ago, so I’m definitely over that.”
Do you feel the Browns handled the concussion in the right way?: “I believe that. I do. I don’t think anyone would intentionally put someone out there to harm them more. As a competitor, you always want to play. There’s been lots of talk about that. Obviously it was a long time ago. I’d rather not bring it up again. The most important thing is health-wise, I feel great. My body feels good. My mind is set on coming in here and learning this system, being a great teammate, meeting these guys and helping them accomplish all of our dreams and that’s to win a Super Bowl.”
What would you like to say to the Cleveland fans?: “It happened so fast and it’s been good for me to have last night and this morning to think about that a little bit as I was on the plane flying over here. I want to leave as positive as we can. I thank the fans, I thank the city, I thank the organization. And from the bottom of my heart, I really hope that the fans and the city can see an organization that consistently makes the playoffs and obviously accomplishes their dream. I talked to Mr. Haslam. I talked to Joe Banner. I talked to [offensive coordinator] Norv [Turner] and [coach Rob] Chud[zinski] and all those guys. And again, all those guys are new, so they don’t really know what it’s been like over the past few years. So there’s no hard feelings there. I wish them all the best. I probably didn’t mention it enough in my time that I was there how much I did appreciate the experience that I had there. And again, the ups and downs, the challenges that we faced, I would have loved to see that through. But at the end of the day, hopefully this is a better fit for me and a great fit for the city of Cleveland because at the end of the day, they deserve a winner, and I’ll always be grateful for my time there.”