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McCoy takes a pay cut to stay with the 49ers as the backup QB to Kaepernick

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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer

Quarterback Colt McCoy had an option to make.

Colt McCoy (Getty Images)

Colt McCoy (Getty Images)

He either had to take a pay cut today, or be released by the San Francisco 49ers, as teams cut players, as they got to the 75 player limit. And after taking a pay cut, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh announced after tonight’s game that McCoy will be the back up to Colin Kaepernick this season.

“I feel real good that Colt is the backup,” said Harbaugh.

McCoy had some competition in the back up role. And with the 49ers releasing Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzein within the past week, the space became available for McCoy to step in.

He only had to beat out rookie B.J. Daniel once they were released. Daniel will be the 49ers third string quarterback this season.

With McCoy no longer a starting caliber passer, the 49ers would be in trouble if Kaepernick were to get hurt. And should this happen this season, they would have to go to conservative play calling, as they did with Alex Smith to compensate for McCoy’s limitations.

McCoy was a member of the Cleveland Browns before joining the 49ers. He played in just 24 games over the past three seasons.

He played in just three games last season, as the back up for rookie Brandon Weeden. He went 9-for-17 for 79 yards and a touchdown.

In 2011, he played in a career-best 13 games. He completed 265 passes for 2,733 yards and 14 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. He had a 135 completions for 1,576 yards and six touchdowns to nine interceptions in 8 games during the 2010 season.


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