BEREA: Quarterback Colt McCoy’s days with the Browns might be numbered, but he’s still a member of the team for now.
As of Friday night, the Browns had not talked to other teams about trading McCoy, General Manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur said.
“We haven’t made any plans to do anything about anything yet,” Shurmur said. “So we haven’t made any phone calls. We haven’t done anything in regards to Colt.”
When asked if McCoy will be on the team May 22 when organized team activities begin, Shurmur said: “Well, let’s not take it all the way out to May 22. As it stands right now, I’ve talked to Colt. … He’s actually going to Dallas this weekend, which he had planned to do. So he’s fine.”
The comments of Heckert and Shurmur contradict reports that surfaced earlier Friday. According to PackerReport.com, the Browns talked to the Green Bay Packers about dealing McCoy. Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported McCoy is not asking for a trade, though the Browns could move him.
Heckert and Shurmur have made it clear the Browns drafted Brandon Weeden 22nd overall on Thursday night with the intent of starting him as a rookie. After the Browns picked Weeden, Heckert said they would discuss the possibility of trading McCoy.
“I plan on Colt being here Monday as part of the offseason program,” Shurmur said. “There’s really no story there right now. We’ve drafted a quarterback to come in and compete with him at this point, and that’s where it’s at.”
Weeden said he has not discussed the situation with McCoy.
“I haven’t run into Colt,” Weeden said. “As far as [McCoy’s future], that’s out of my control. I’m here to compete, and that’s a management decision. I’m blessed to be in this position. But no, I haven’t run into Colt.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Browns told McCoy on Thursday they would not take another quarterback in the first round. Heckert and Shurmur called the report “false.”
“We don’t consult our players about what we’re doing in the draft,” Shurmur said.
When asked Thursday if Weeden is “the guy” at quarterback, Heckert said: “Yes, in our opinion he is. We took the kid at 22nd in the draft. We are hoping he is. Eventually he is going to be a starter for us. That’s why we drafted him.”
However, it’s at least somewhat surprising the Browns drafted Weeden at No. 22 instead of waiting until early in the second round at No. 37. Schefter reported the Browns would have taken Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright at No. 22 if he had been available. The Tennessee Titans picked Wright at No. 20.
“We liked Kendall, we really did,” Heckert said. “Like I said, it is more so it was a quarterback. 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.”
Browns have competition
Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said on ESPN’s Mike and Mike show Friday that multiple teams inquired about trading for the Vikings’ No. 3 overall pick. The Browns sent fourth- (118th overall), fifth- (139th), seventh-round picks (211th) to the Vikings to move up from fourth to select running back Trent Richardson of Alabama.
“There was more than Cleveland that had called and inquired about our pick,” Spielman said on the show. “It was happening all the way up to two hours before the pick, we were talking to some other teams, then we talked to Cleveland.”
Although Spielman didn’t identify the teams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were also believed to be targeting Richardson. Spielman said the Vikings didn’t want to move out of the top five. They selected USC left tackle Matt Kalil.
Asked about the presumption that the Vikings fleeced the Browns by getting three picks, Spielman said, “I think it was a deal that was beneficial for both teams.”
Weeden, who played five years of minor-league baseball, gave a coherent explanation of the difference between throwing a baseball and a football.
“The baseball is really light and it is more of a long motion,” he said. “You are putting a lot more strain on your arm. Throwing the football is more compact. The ball is heavier. The arm speed is completely different.”
Although he had tendinitis and “labrum stuff” during his baseball career, Weeden said he never had any surgeries.
“I had doctors at the combine say, ‘If we did a MRI of 100 shoulders from pitchers in the major leagues, you’re going to find a little bit of something, but there is nothing serious,’?” Weeden said. “It was very, very minute. I have thrown thousands of footballs at Oklahoma State with zero pain. I can actually sleep at night and it didn’t hurt.”
Former Browns receiver Gary Collins (1962-71) was at Radio City Music Hall to announce the Browns’ picks. Another ex-Brown, kicker Matt Stover, represented the Baltimore Ravens. … Cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who played for University of Akron coach Terry Bowden at North Alabama after being kicked out of Florida, went 39th overall to the St. Louis Rams. … Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams was picked 56th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the first Buckeye selected.
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