Cleveland Browns Sign Colt McCoy Prior To The Opening Of 2010 Training Camp

July 23, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

After suffering in injury in the 2010 BCS National Championship, NFL teams were concerned about the ability of Colt McCoy to stay healthy for an entire season. The Cleveland Browns decided to take a chance on McCoy, and signed him to a four-year contract a day before rookies are expected to report to training camp.

The Browns and McCoy inked the deal Friday that is worth up to $5 million, with $1.07 of that money guaranteed. The going rate for third-round quarterbacks is $3.275 million, but the Browns wanted to show their faith that McCoy will be the team’s starter in the future. While they groom McCoy, the Browns should be set as underdogs in many games by 2010 NFL betting odds until they can find a solid starter.

As a four-year starter at the University of Texas, McCoy collected many awards for his play on the field as well as off. The young quarterback threw three touchdown passes in his first game as a Longhorn, just the beginning of his legendary college career. By the end of his career, McCoy held most of the Texas offensive records as well as a few NCAA records.

McCoy holds school records for most total touchdowns (career), most touchdown passes (career, season, game), most passing completions (game), most career wins at quarterback, and passing yards (season). If McCoy can win a starting role and excel in these categories, 2010 NFL betting trends should show more favorable lines for the Browns.

The Hobbs, New Mexico native also has a place in the NCAA record books with the highest single season completion percentage (77.6 percent), most wins by a starting quarterback (45), tied for second in most touchdown passes as a freshman (29), and is the only quarterback in college football history to have 10 wins in each of all four seasons.

Though he may have been overshadowed by the running ability of Tim Tebow, McCoy had over 100 yards rushing in three of his last four seasons with the Longhorns. He also rushed for 20 touchdowns in his career.

Concerns about McCoy’s throwing power, and his ability to drive the ball down the field were most likely the reasons for the former Texas standout’s fall to the third round in the draft. Most NFL experts thought he would be a better fit for a West Coast-style offense, but the Browns considered his selection a steal. His accuracy and toughness are thought to be his strengths.

The Browns signed Jake Delhomme to be their starter in 2010 after giving up on Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. Mike Holmgren is trying to instill a new atmosphere in Cleveland that may bring them their first Super Bowl championship ever. Super Bowl XLV betting odds have set the Browns as heavy underdogs to win the game while they groom McCoy for the future at +10000.

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One Response to “Cleveland Browns Sign Colt McCoy Prior To The Opening Of 2010 Training Camp”
  1. LongJohn Says:

    Hobbs, NM native???? He was born there but moved to Texas probably before he could walk. His hometown is Tuscola, Texas. Are journalists required to always refer back to city of birth?

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