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Colt McCoy's time in Cleveland must come to an end


"NFL Total Access" kicked off its 32 teams in 32 days series this week. Around the League will write an accompanying post each night, focusing on one goal that each team needs to accomplish before Week 1. So far we've handled the Colts, Rams and Vikings.

Browns must trade Colt McCoy

The list of to-do's in Cleveland is long and dense, but this franchise must handle one item of business before September.

It's time to free Colt McCoy.

Despite the organization's rich semantics describing a quarterback competition here in June, rookie Brandon Weeden is being groomed to go from Week 1. Last year's starter, McCoy, has been toyed with this offseason. It's a business, and nobody promised McCoy a pleasant journey, but it's better for the team and the player to start fresh.

Don't read this the wrong way. It's no indictment of McCoy. He's been a positive locker room presence; he worked hard through last summer's lockout and beyond. The jury is out on his ability to start in the NFL, but McCoy isn't about to get a fair chance to win the job in Cleveland. He deserves a fresh start.

To the team's benefit, it would clear up any questions about Weeden's place in the pecking order. Nobody is looking over their shoulder at Seneca Wallace.

Parting with McCoy is a roll of the dice -- the Browns haven't had a passer start and finish the season since Tim Couch did it in 2001. If they believe enough in Weeden to use the 22nd pick in the draft on his talents, there shouldn't be any problem making this clear commitment.

If Cleveland believes they have their franchise passer -- at long last -- then it's time to move forward. No more quarterback controversies. No half-baked competition. No more words.

Free Colt McCoy.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @marcsesslernfl.