Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Grading San Francisco 49ers Trades: QB Colt McCoy

Quarterback Colt McCoy was traded to San Francisco on April 1, 2013 from the Cleveland Browns.

Trade Details: 49ers received Colt McCoy and Browns 2013 6th-round draft pick. Browns received 49ers 5th- and 7th-round picks in 2013. 

Three-year Stats In Cleveland: 58.3 completion percentage, 21 touchdown passes, 20 interceptions, and a 74.8 QB rating.

Grade: C+

The move all 49er fans were expecting was made on April 1 with the team trading for a backup quarterback in Colt McCoy. The former Browns quarterback will compete with last season’s No. 3 QB Scott Tolzien who has been with the 49ers since 2011.

There were plenty of veteran options for the 49ers at quarterback whether through trade or free agency when the 2013 season started on March 12. McCoy has been in the NFL for only three seasons, so it would be a stretch to call him a veteran. Although, he does have 21 career starts at quarterback, which is 14 more than Tolzien (zero) and Colin Kaepernick (seven) combined. However, I believe the 49ers could have added a true veteran who also has playoff experience like Matt Cassel or Matt Hassellbeck before they were signed by other teams. Either of those players would have been a better fit for the 49ers than McCoy.

Despite McCoy’s none playoff experience and a 6-15 record as a starting QB, the trade gives Jim Harbaugh an insurance backup at QB just in case Kaepernick is injured or if Tolzien cannot win the No. 2 job at quarterback. Another plus is McCoy is young (26) and he is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $1.5 million this season. Which means McCoy is likely just a one-year fix as a backup for the 49ers at quarterback.

McCoy can be a dual threat quarterback and he has athleticism, although not on the same level as Kaepernick, so he could fit right in with Harbaugh’s offense. In his three seasons in the NFL he has rushed for 363 yards and averaged 3.9 yards a carry. But, the 49ers could have reached a deal to acquire a better option at quarterback which is why a C+ grade was awarded.


Next 49ers Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep3:25at Dallas CowboysBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: 49ers Free Agency 49ers Free Agency Grades 49ers Offseason 49ers Trades Colt McCoy San Francisco 49ers

  • Gary Dodson

    21 touchdowns,20 interceptions? This kid has no fear whatsoever.Low flying aircraft and migratory geese are also in danger when McCoy gets fired up!

    • loverpoint

      Alex Smith had more Interceptions than TD’s before Harbaugh took him under his wing.

  • John Stewart

    why would Cassel and Hassel been better? And, what other (better) option QB’s could have been acquired with a better deal? These are two critical points to your argument that are not supported by facts in your article. I think this was a pick that was made to not only make Colt a backup in the traditional sense, but an interchangeable cog in the wheel if the worst would happen with Kap. That’s why Colt’s age is also important. Option QB’s don’t have a long shelf life and are much more exposed more often than a pocket QB. Youth is a necessary stat for the QB who runs this type of offense. RGIII is perfect example. It is easy to get hurt in this type of offensive scheme.

  • loverpoint

    Some teams may need a wise old veteran QB to help mentor their younger QB’s and instill confidence . The 49ers have Geep Chryst and Jim Harbaugh, they don’t need an old veteran QB. I think that after a couple of years on the 49ers they will trade McCoy to some other team for 2 second round picks.