Saturday, April 24, 2010
QB McCoy to spend 2010 on sideline
ESPN.com news services
BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren says the team has no plans to play Texas quarterback Colt McCoy as a rookie after selecting him in the third round of the NFL draft.
Though Cleveland fans may already be clamoring to see McCoy play, Holmgren cautions that it would be a mistake to put him on the field before he's ready.
Holmgren said he made a phone call to the Rams 20 minutes before the draft began on Thursday and offered a package for the No. 1 pick.
Instead, he waited it out and took McCoy 85th. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was chosen first overall by St. Louis.
Holmgren said he made the offer to Rams general manager Billy Devaney "at the limits of what I was willing to do."
Holmgren says Devaney "finally said we're going to take him [Bradford]." Holmgren would not specify what he offered the Rams.
Holmgren, who has coached Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young and Brett Favre, said teams run the risk of "scarring" a young quarterback by playing him too soon.
Cleveland signed free agent Jake Delhomme during the offseason as its starter and acquired Seneca Wallace from Seattle to be his backup.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.