Report: Browns Shopping McCoy

The Packers made a play for Colt McCoy during the draft. Might they take another shot at a quarterback that coach Mike McCarthy held in high regard before the 2010 draft? Or is all the praise surrounding Graham Harrell something more than just hot air?

The Green Bay Packers made a play for Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy during the draft.

Nothing panned out then, but might talks start again?

One day after Browns president Mike Holmgren met the media with promises of transparency and a suggestion that the team planned to keep its most prominent three quarterbacks, the Browns reportedly have put McCoy, the incumbent starter, on the trading block.

Given the lack of an experienced backup quarterback behind Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, McCoy — or any other veteran quarterback — makes some sense.

Asked on Thursday whether the Packers would bring their current 90-man roster to training camp, coach Mike McCarthy said: "That's a moving target, and that's a moving question, too. Player acquisition and personnel evaluation never stops. It's always a fluid situation. I don't know if it's going to happen today, but I can't tell you what's going to happen tomorrow."

ESPNCleveland reported Friday that the Browns prefer an amicable split with McCoy rather than releasing him outright. The Browns attempted to trade McCoy during the draft after selecting first-rounder Brandon Weeden with the idea he'll start as a rookie.

Seneca Wallace, who was McCoy's backup last season and played for Holmgren in Seattle, said Wednesday he didn't believe the Browns would keep all three quarterbacks.

The Packers have three quarterbacks on their roster: Rodgers, Graham Harrell and rookie B.J. Coleman. Harrell is the only projected No. 2 quarterback to have not thrown a pass in his career. Moreover, Harrell is one of just seven projected No. 2 quarterbacks without a start under his belt.

During organized team activities, we reported that the Packers hadn't ruled out adding a veteran backup quarterback. Based on the constant praise of Harrell and how much they coveted Coleman, it seems like the Packers will stick with the status quo at the position.

Then again, McCarthy praised quarterback Nick Hill following the team's OTA on May 22, only for the Packers to release him on May 23.

"Graham's getting better," McCarthy said on Thursday. "We've had Graham in our program for some time. Really, the preseason games will be the biggest challenge for Graham. That will be his biggest test because the classroom, the fundamentals, he's hitting all the targets you like to see. I'm anxious to see him play in the games. Mentally he's prepared himself, he knows the offense. He's done a very good job with the protection adjustments and all the little nuances of our offense that take a little more time."

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