AFC North: Graham Harrell

The Cleveland Browns are shopping quarterback Colt McCoy and are looking for "minimal compensation," sources told NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah.

It's obvious that the Browns weren't impressed by McCoy last season. They attempted to trade up for Robert Griffin III in this year's draft and ended up taking Brandon Weeden in the first round.

Now, the question is: Will there be any takers for a sixth- or seventh-round pick? The team that makes the most sense to me is the Green Bay Packers. Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman are currently behind Aaron Rodgers, which is why the Packers ranked last in ESPN.com's backup quarterback confidence chart. Other possibilities are the St. Louis Rams and Denver Broncos (McCoy could follow the same path as Brady Quinn).

McCoy's family wouldn't be surprised if he was traded from the Browns. In fact, McCoy's brother thought it happened Saturday. Reacting to a fake tweet that Colt McCoy had been traded to the Eagles, Case McCoy tweeted (and later removed): "Good luck Brandon [Weeden]! Fan of you, but my brother's pulling the lucky straw on this one! Cleveland is only going downhill!"

After realizing that his brother hadn't been traded, Case McCoy posted on Twitter: "Fake ESPN accounts are nuts...Got me fired up over nothing! Still kinda meant what I said."

The Browns currently have Weeden, McCoy and Seneca Wallace at quarterback. Most assume the Browns won't carry all three into the regular season. Now it looks like there is a chance only two will be on the roster when Cleveland opens training camp in late July.

Harrell heading to Canada

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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

For reasons that cannot be explained, former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell has become a name of interest this offseason in the AFC North blog.

Perhaps it's because Harrell is the NCAA's Division I all-time touchdown leader. Perhaps it was his spring tryout with the Cleveland Browns. But whatever the case, readers sent letters to the AFC North inbox fairly often wanting to know Harrell's whereabouts.

Therefore, here is another update on Harrell before we move on to training camps: According to reports, he has signed a two-year deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

If Harrell finds his way to the NFL, and particularly the AFC North, we will keep you updated.

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here are the most interesting stories Friday in the AFC North:

  • Former Texas Tech record-setting quarterback Graham Harrell is hopeful the Cleveland Browns will invite him to training camp this summer.

Morning take: Harrell had a chance to impress the Browns earlier this spring and has yet to get another invite. He would still be a long shot as it appears Cleveland is set with its young trio of Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson and Brett Ratliff this season.

Morning take: Palmer's throws had good zip in minicamp last week, so it's hard to tell how much velocity he can add before the regular season. But the stronger the throws this fall against NFL defenses, the better.

Morning take: Art Rooney II soon will take over as primary owner of the Steelers but don't expect many changes.

  • The Baltimore Ravens signed rookie third-round pick Lardarius Webb to a three-year deal.

Morning take: The Ravens like Webb's versatility at cornerback and safety as they will continue to try and find a niche for Webb in training camp.

AFC North evening links

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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Here is an update on the latest developments Tuesday in the AFC North:

  • The Detroit Lions are moving fast. They already scheduled a visit with former Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker Larry Foote.
  • Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer sold his house in California for $2.365 million.
  • After being released by the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Todd Bouman quickly found a home with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell didn't receive a contract from the Cleveland Browns following rookie minicamp.

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