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Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 04/27/2012

Brandon Weeden goes to Browns, who put Colt McCoy on trading block


Colt McCoy suffered a concussion in a helmet-to-helmet hit by James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers in December. (Justin K. Aller / Getty Images)

It didn’t take long for the Cleveland Browns to reveal their plans after taking Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden with the 22nd pick in the NFL Draft.

They’d like to make a deal for Colt McCoy and they’d like to make it quickly — if someone wants McCoy, an ineffective starter whose family was at odds with the Browns over a concussion he suffered in December.

“It’s something we’ll talk about tonight and tomorrow,” General Manager Tom Heckert told reporters Thursday night. The Browns are looking to move from the 37th pick tonight to the top of the second round. (It worked for them Thursday night; they traded up from No. 4 to No. 3 to take Trent Richardson.)

McCoy is 6-15 as a starter for the Browns and, according to the NFL Network, is not seeking a trade. He’s a couple inches shorter than Weeden and has a weaker arm than Weeden, a 28-year-old former minor-league baseball player. The Browns had been up front about their feelings about Weeden, with Heckert saying before the draft that he wouldn’t take the QB as anything but a starter.

But Browns Coach Pat Shurmur wasn’t interested in talking about McCoy on Thursday night. “We got a new quarterback that’s going to be with us,” Shurmur said. “Tonight is about Brandon Weeden, not about the competition.”

A quarterback controversy Thursday night seemed as distant to Weeden as Radio City Music Hall. He was watching the draft with friends in Edmond, Okla.

“Obviously, Colt’s a great player. I just want to come in and compete and do my best and put everything I have out there to be the best player I can,” Weeden, the oldest player drafted since 1967, said in an ESPN interview. “However things line up, so be it. Like I say, Colt’s done a great job there and it’s going to be fun competing with him.”

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