Colt McCoy Traded to 49ers for Late-Round Draft Picks

Colt McCoyColt McCoy has finally found a new home.

The former Browns starting quarterback and 2010 third-round pick was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Cleveland will package their sixth-round pick along with McCoy and the 49ers will send a fifth- and seventh-round pick to the Browns in the deal.

McCoy, 26, started 21 games over three seasons with the Browns, recording a 6-15 record in that time while throwing 21 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. After a failed season as the primary starter in 2011, he fell into the backup quarterback role last season behind rookie first-round pick Brandon Weeden.

Now, McCoy heads off to backup last season’s sophomore sensation Colin Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the cusp of a Super Bowl victory. McCoy replaces Alex Smith, who was traded to the Chiefs earlier this offseason, as the team’s primary backup.

McCoy brings three seasons of experience and an acute ability to run Jim Harbaugh‘s offense in the unfortunate and unlikely circumstance that Kaepernick suffers an injury. McCoy isn’t quite as efficient as Kaepernick or Smith, completing just 58 percent of his career passes compared to the near 70 percent of the aforementioned.

After sending Smith to Kansas City, the 49ers were in desperate need of some security for Kaepernick and it appears that they finally found that in McCoy. As for McCoy, he has one more year on his rookie deal, and a good season under Harbaugh could gain him some traction for a starting job on the free-agent market next year.

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