When the Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Jason Campbell to push 2012 first-round pick Brandon Weeden for the starting job, all signs immediately pointed to Colt McCoy’s time with the team coming to an end. Unless they can find a trade partner for McCoy soon, his release is inevitable.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks are on the verge of trading their backup quarterback, Matt Flynn, to the Oakland Raiders. If that trade goes down, the Seahawks will be in dire need of a capable backup who can provide depth behind starter Russell Wilson, their only other quarterback under contract heading into 2013.
Assuming that Flynn is traded and McCoy is released, could the Seahawks sign McCoy to be their No. 2 passer?
Right now, the move makes sense.
More than anything, the Seahawks would need a semi-reliable No. 2 with game experience who can step in and carry the offense if Wilson were to fall to injury. While McCoy hasn’t been a stable starter throughout his NFL career, he has shown an ability to make plays and keep his team competitive. He’d be a safer option than any rookie the Seahawks bring in during the 2013 NFL Draft.
With McCoy, the Seahawks also wouldn’t lose much in terms of athleticism and smarts. McCoy may be far from a read-option-capable quarterback, but he’s athletic and has flashed the ability to make plays with his feet. He’s a smart passer who makes good reads and has terrific football IQ, but occasionally got flustered behind Cleveland’s average offensive line.
At this point in his career, McCoy would be a bargain. He likely wouldn’t command a hefty salary, but would provide a capable backup for Wilson. Especially with the expectations surrounding the Seahawks heading into 2013, that extra bit of security would be a wise investment.
The pieces still have yet to fall into place, but the opportunity could arise shortly. Don’t be surprised if the stars align for the Seahawks to sign McCoy within the next few days.