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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.


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