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August 25, 2013
No surprise: 49ers in trade talks for QB Colt McCoy

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Colt McCoy is scheduled to be the second 49ers quarterback to enter today's game, but the team's long-term plans for him are dubious. According to NFL.com, the team has been taking trade calls for the quarterback recently.

That's little surprise. McCoy has been a disappointment through two preseason games, and the 49ers already hinted strongly that he was on shaky ground when they signed Seneca Wallace, who once served as McCoy's backup, on Thursday. The team has five quarterbacks on the roster, and all five are expected to play against the Vikings this evening, Jim Harbaugh said.

The 49ers obtained McCoy in a trade with the Browns this offseason. They sent a 5th-rd pick (164) and a 7th-rd pick (227) to the Browns in exchange for McCoy and a 6th-round pick (173). That 6th-round pick was packaged with a second-round pick so that the 49ers could move up in the second round and select tight end Vance McDonald.

The 49ers and McCoy recently restructured his deal to the league minimum. Theoretically, that would increase his chances of sticking around should he have a strong performance today. It also makes him easier to trade. McCoy had been due to make $1.5 million. the league minimum for a player with his experience is $630,000.

McCoy has thrown two interceptions through two preseason games, and he has a dismal passer rating of 25.3. Still, injuries have taken their toll on other teams' quarterback corps this offseason, and the 49ers could find a taker for someone they intend to cut anyway.

In Buffalo, for example, both Kevin Kolb and rookie E.J. Manuel are out with injuries. The Jets, meanwhile, watched their presumptive starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, go down with a shoulder injury last night.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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