Schefter: McCoy to Packers makes sense

August, 13, 2012
8/13/12
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A day after the Green Bay Packers signed former Bengals running back Cedric Benson, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter believes the Packers should look at the AFC North to fill another need: backup quarterback.

In his weekly mailbag, Schefter sees Browns quarterback Colt McCoy as a good fit for Green Bay. The Browns can trade McCoy because they have Seneca Wallace on the roster, and the Packers need an experienced backup to Aaron Rodgers.

This is what Schefter had to say about the potential of McCoy going to Green Bay:
If I were the Packers, I'd be on the phone right now, offering a fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for Colt McCoy, who some teams around the league really like. Cleveland would be willing to deal McCoy for the right price, no matter what it says, and the Packers could use McCoy as much as any team in the league right about now. He would be great insurance for Rodgers and give the Packers the type of backup they would need to sustain their playoff hopes in the event of an injury. I liked the Benson move -- a low-risk move that upgrades Green Bay's backfield. Benson has produced more than people realize. He can do the same for the Packers. But if I were with the Packers, landing McCoy would have me feeling better about the upcoming season.

I've said repeatedly that I would keep McCoy as the backup. He's a cheaper alternative to Wallace, who's scheduled to make $2.4 million this season. He's younger than Wallace. And he has just as much starting experience as Wallace after last season. But, if the offer was a fifth-round pick, it makes sense to trade McCoy for that level of compensation.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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