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Colt McCoy ‘Thankful’ to Join 49ers

Posted Apr 2, 2013

Colt McCoy discussed his reaction to being traded to the 49ers.

Monday he was in Cleveland and by Tuesday morning he was in Santa Clara.

Sometimes that’s how the NFL works. Colt McCoy found out the realities of professional football first-hand on the first day of April.

After passing a physical in the Bay Area on Tuesday, the 26-year-old former Browns quarterback was officially acquired by the San Francisco 49ers. The trade, first reported on Monday, allows the 6-foot-1, 220-pound quarterback to add depth to San Francisco’s quarterback room. McCoy will likely compete with Scott Tolzien to be the team’s No. 2 signal-caller.

“I couldn’t be more happy,” the fourth-year pro said in a conference call with local reporters.

McCoy provides experience to the 49ers and has 11 more starts than current starter Colin Kaepernick. McCoy has 21 starts in three seasons with Cleveland to be exact. The former Browns starter has completed 409 of 702 pass attempts for 4,388 yards, 21 touchdowns and sounded eager to begin work with his new club when discussing his prospects with the 49ers.

McCoy heard speculation about the Browns looking to trade him this offseason and when he was told of the trade while arriving in Cleveland to take part in offseason workouts, he had to come to grips with closing his Browns career. McCoy quickly moved on and embraced a new opportunity with the defending NFC champions.

“There were a lot of ups and downs, but I really appreciate everything I learned there,” McCoy said of the franchise that drafted him in the third-round of the 2010 NFL Draft.  “By the time I got a lot of emotions in check by the end of the day yesterday I was really pleased to come to San Francisco.”

McCoy highlighted the “great” coaches, locker room and organization as reasons for his excitement in joining the 49ers for the start of his fourth NFL season.

McCoy was classy in his comments on the Browns, too.

“It was unfortunate the way it all went down and ended, but no hard feelings towards those guys,” McCoy said. “I wish them nothing but the best. I’m thankful for the opportunity here.”

The 49ers acquired McCoy and an undisclosed draft pick for two undisclosed 2013 draft picks.

“We are pleased to add another high-character player like Colt to our roster,” 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement released by the team. “He is a young, competitive player who we are looking forward to working with.”

McCoy, himself, is looking forward to the working relationship with the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh’s coaching staff.

“They’ve been around this game for a long time, they know offense like the back of their hands,” McCoy said.

During his time with the Browns, McCoy became friends with former Stanford fullback Owen Marecic, a former Harbaugh player, and came to learn all about the 49ers coach’s teaching style.

“They’ve been very successful,” McCoy said of the 49ers coaching staff. “Just talking to him throughout the years and watching his offense play, I think we do a lot of things similarly.”

McCoy spent the morning with 49ers coaches after passing his physical and had lunch with Harbaugh. The athletic quarterback said there are similarities between the offense he ran in Cleveland to the one he’ll run with the 49ers, but said most importantly, he’s eager to learn the nuances of Greg Roman’s system immediately.

“I’ll be new to it,” McCoy said, “but I’m excited to get going.”

McCoy is eager to join the team when it begins offseason training on April 15.

“My job is to come in and learn as quickly as I can,” he said. “It’s a great to get a fresh start with a team that’s established.

“I’ve heard nothing but good things about this place. For me to be able to come to a place like this, it’s definitely a blessing.”