Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert admitted Thursday night that the team will consider trading McCoy after selecting quarterback Brandon Weeden with the No. 22 pick in the draft.
NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Friday that McCoy isn't requesting a trade and is eager to compete with Weeden, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Translation: McCoy is almost as good as gone. A general manager doesn't publicly admit he will consider trading the team's previous starting quarterback unless he is truly ready to move on. McCoy can can claim he's ready to compete with whomever the Browns bring in, but Heckert essentially is putting a "for sale" sign on McCoy for the next two days.
It's a stunning turn of events, just hours after the Browns leaked that they expected McCoy to take a "big leap" in his third season. That was perhaps the best example Thursday of misinformation season.
Asked about both McCoy and Weeden's expectations to start, the No. 22 pick told NFL Network on Friday: "Obviously, Colt's a great player, and that's out of my control. What I can control is coming in, learning the system, competing, just doing whatever I have to do to help the team win games. That's all I can really control."
The Browns knew they wanted Weeden all along. They believe in Weeden so much that they apparently want to move on without controversy. It makes sense.
The Browns should only keep McCoy if they believe he can start. They see him as a backup, and they already have a backup in Seneca Wallace.
That leaves McCoy looking for a new home.