Former Browns quarterback Colt McCoy faced questions about whether he received a fair shake in Cleveland, the infamous concussion he suffered two years ago and the trade that sent him to the San Francisco 49ers earlier this week.
McCoy acknowledged some of the memories are difficult for him to discuss, but he said he’s not holding a grudge against the Browns.
“I have no hard feelings — I know that’s probably a shock for some people to hear that,” McCoy said Tuesday during a conference call held by the 49ers. … “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.”
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 (No. 227).
McCoy, who’s set to make $1.5 million in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, 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.
So did McCoy tell his agent, David Dunn, he wanted to be traded?
“I just told him that I wanted what’s best,” McCoy said.
McCoy, 26, said he didn’t want to offer an opinion about whether he got a fair shake. The Browns drafted Weeden 22nd overall last year and sent McCoy to the bench with a record of 6-15 as a starter.
“There were some very positive, high moments there and there were also some low times,” said McCoy, whom the Browns drafted in the third round in 2010. “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.”
McCoy also said he’s “definitely over” the season-ending concussion he received in 2011 — former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison used his helmet to blast McCoy in the face mask. A huge controversy ensued because the Browns allowed McCoy to re-enter the game without testing him for a concussion on the sideline.
“I don’t think anyone would intentionally put someone out there to harm them more,” he said. “As a competitor, you always want to play.”