49ers Trade Rumors: Colt McCoy Deal Still An Option Despite Being Named Colin Kaepernick Backup?

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Aug 26, 2013 04:39 PM EDT
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy was mentioned in trade rumors, but now coach Jim Harbaugh has named him the official backup to quarterback Colin Kaepernick."

The San Francisco 49ers are set at quarterback with Colin Kaepernick after he took over the starting job for Alex Smith last season and now the team appears set at backup with Colt McCoy despite trade rumors that have been floating around this week.

According to the LA Times and NFL.com, the 49ers were looking at possible trade options for McCoy, as they felt that having Seneca Wallace as a backup could work after signing him. The backup quarterback market is slim now after Matt Leinart signed and with names like John Beck and JaMarcus Russell out there, McCoy looks pretty good and so does Wallace. Harbaugh squashed things by officially naming him the backup after the 34-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings last weekend, but things still could change.

Leading up to the game, Harbaugh had high praise for BJ Daniels, who led the team to its first touchdown of the preseason and he also sees Wallace as a suitable backup for Kaepernick based on his style of play. According to Pro Football Talk, the team decided to waive Scott Tolzien, so that opens things up for either Daniels or Wallace depending on what happens with McCoy.

Harbaugh said he "feels good" about McCoy being the backup and despite the trade talk that looks like the move they will make. There is still time before the Tuesday deadline to make another move and something else could happen down the line as the team needs to take it to 53-players at the end of the week. Tolzien did not show much in the preseason and was the third string quarterback for two years and he threw for just 188 yards and an interception while playing in two preseason games and now the 49ers will move on with the other quarterbacks.

McCoy was not stellar in the preseason while throwing for 17-of-28 passes for 185 passing yards, three interceptions and no touchdowns and Harbaugh eventually praised Daniels for how he played, but clearly he likes McCoy. During his career, McCoy has started games for the Browns and he comes to the 49ers after throwing for 4,388 yards, 21 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and a 58.3 completion percentage in 24 games and now he will backup Kaepernick.

McCoy was originally traded by the Browns in April and the team swapped picks, with the 49ers giving their fifth and seventh rounders for a sixth round picks to get the quarterback. McCoy came in with a 6-15 record as a starter and now he has the chance to show the league what he can do as a backup.

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