Texans Should Inquire about McCoy
The Houston Texans have done a great job the past few seasons of creating depth to a roster compared to previous seasons they have never had. Look no further than the 2011 season where injuries plagued a Texans team, but the “Next Man Up” mantra seemed to show up week after week. The Texans should not stop looking for depth and start by kicking the tires on Cleveland Browns ex-starting quarterback Colt McCoy, and this has zero to do with him be a University of Texas alumni or anything else related with the state of Texas. This has to do with a football move that the Texans could turn into something down the road.
With only three quarterbacks on the roster in Matt Schaub, T.J. Yates and undrafted rookie Case Keenum, the need for a 4th quarterback should be in the future plans for camp. McCoy was drafted by the Browns in 2010 to be the future of the organization, but that was all changed with one hit from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. The 3rd rounder from Texas never gained traction as the Browns’ starter, but look no further than the talent that was around him. McCoy had players like Peyton Hillis, Mohamed Massaquoi, Josh Cribbs, Greg Little and others surrounding him in a mediocre offense, plus with the recent rash of injuries that hit their running back depth chart the weapons were just not there. With the Browns drafting Brandon Weeden this is all but the end of the two-year experiment of McCoy running the show for the Browns.
Going into the 3rd year of his deal, McCoy’s rookie contract is a 4-year deal worth up to $5 million dollars with $1.07 million of the deal already guaranteed. His contract is not a killer, and he could be had for a late round draft pick probably in the 5th or 6th round. McCoy does have a skill set that could match what the Texans like to do, throw on the run and control the offense with above average instincts as a quarterback. Despite playing with lack luster weapons in Cleveland, he still completed 58.4% of his passes in two seasons. His rookie season he completed 60.8% of his passes and he took a step back his sophomore season with the lack of the running game being the main culprit. In 21 starts he is 6-15, but to put all of those losses on him can be an unfair gauge on McCoy’s skill set.
He is not one of the tallest quarterbacks in the league at 6’1″, but McCoy has shown he can do it on the NFL level when given the chance. He has been beat up in his time with the Browns, and a change of scenery could be used, and with Head Coach Gary Kubiak having the knack for correcting and turning quarterbacks into better players, McCoy could fit nicely into the 3rd string slot for the Texans. Getting McCoy for a bargain basement pick would be huge, and with the compensatory picks coming in the 2013 NFL draft taking a chance on McCoy could be a low risk high reward scenario for the Texans. Let the financials of the deal get worked out by the salary cap experts, but numbers could be manipulated to fit under the salary cap.
The thought of the Texans running into another rash of injuries like last season could possibly happen, and the Texans are in position to make a move like this with insurance on the depth chart and the future in mind. The Texans could possibly acquire McCoy to have another quarterback with starter experience, and then have the chance to flip him for a draft pick or keep him on the roster as solid reserve quarterback.