(NEW YORK) — The San Francisco 49ers needed a new backup quarterback after trading away Alex Smith, and they’ve reportedly found their man. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the team has traded for Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.
In the trade, the 49ers will receive McCoy along with the Browns’ sixth-round pick, while the 49ers will send the Browns picks in the fifth and sixth rounds.
McCoy’s future with the Browns became cloudy when they signed quarterback Jason Campbell recently to compete with the team’s 2012 first-round draft pick, quarterback Brandon Weeden.
Cleveland drafted McCoy in the third round of the 2010 draft. While he played well in spurts, he was unable to convince the Browns that he was capable of being a starting quarterback in the NFL. He went 6-15 as a starter and threw for 4,338 yards and 21 touchdowns over the past three seasons.
McCoy will now compete with Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job to starter Colin Kaepernick.
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