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Colt McCoy on the Browns: “I’d rather stay away from that topic”


After his trade from Cleveland to San Francisco became official, quarterback Colt McCoy said he didn’t want to talk about his time with the Browns.

Asked on an introductory conference call with the 49ers whether he really got a fair shot in Cleveland, or whether his fate was sealed by the drafting of Brandon Weeden a year ago, McCoy demurred.

I’d really rather stay away from that topic,” McCoy said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “There were some very positive, high moments there and there were also some low times. It was unfortunate kind of the way it all went down and ended, but I have no hard feelings toward those guys. I wish them nothing but the best.”

McCoy may have no hard feelings toward the Browns, but there were plenty of hard feelings on both sides in the time since the team took him in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft. McCoy’s struggles on the field made him the subject of a great deal of criticism in Cleveland, while the Browns’ handling of McCoy’s concussion in 2011 enraged McCoy’s family, with McCoy’s father ripping the team.

That’s another subject McCoy didn’t want to talk about, other than to say he has no lingering effects from the brutal hit he took from then-Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

“Obviously it was a long time ago. I’d rather not bring it up again,” McCoy said. “The most important thing is health-wise, I feel great.”

And McCoy seems to feel great about being out of Cleveland.