Arizona Cardinals reportedly showing interest in Colt McCoy
The Arizona Cardinals came ever so close to breaking their four-season playoff drought this past January. A week-17 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, a squad that was being led by unknown quarterback John Wolford, would’ve done the trick. On paper at least, the odds of that happening appeared to be very much in the Cards favor.
Unfortunately, a first-quarter ankle injury suffered by Kyler Murray cost him a hefty portion of Arizona’s heartbreaking 18-7 loss. The team’s backup signal-caller, Chris Streveler, seemed to be completely incapable of running Kliff Kingsbury’s “Air Raid” offense. Truth be told, not having a competent second-string passer likely cost the Cardinals a spot in the 2020 postseason.
Apparently, the Cards personnel department does not want to be unprepared if Murray is sidelined again this coming fall. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Colt McCoy, a 12th-year professional, is scheduled to meet with the club next week. Actually, the well-informed Schefter is insinuating that the meeting is a formality, and that a union between McCoy and the Redbirds is pretty much a done deal.
Sure, the 34-year old McCoy’s NFL career will never be referred to as stellar. Nevertheless, the 6’1, 212 pounder’s experience alone makes him a much better option for Arizona than Streveler. McCoy has appeared in 44 games over the past 10 years, and has logged 30 pro starts during that time.
McCoy entered the league back in 2010 as a third-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns. The New Mexico native played his college ball at the University of Texas, where he won or shared the team’s MVP honor in each of his four campaigns at the school.
In three seasons with the Browns, McCoy completed 58.3% of his passes for 4,388 yards and 21 touchdown tosses. The veteran was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in April of 2013, but would spend just one uneventful year with that franchise.
As a free agent in 2014, McCoy would find a home with the Washington Football Team. During his five campaigns in the nation’s capital, the seldom-used passer would throw for 1,679 yards and eight scores. Last season, McCoy signed with the New York Giants, and completed 60.6% of his attempts for 375 yards and one passing touchdown in four appearances (two starts) for the “G-men”.
It certainly appears that Big Red will have a new backup for Murray in 2021. If the scuttlebutt is true, McCoy will likely be handed the job sometime next week. Another solid move in what has been a tremendous offseason for the Cardinals front office.