When the Browns selected quarterback Brandon Weeden in last week’s NFL draft, the move appeared to relegate Colt McCoy to the team’s towering scrap pile of failed signal callers, which they occasionally burn to keep the lights on at their Berea practice facility.
The code red started the morning after the Weeden pick was made, as the Twitter handle The Packer Report tweeted that a “source says” the Browns are in talks with the Green Bay Packers to acquire McCoy.
For all you fortunate non-journalists out there, the generic term “source” refers to highly credible information generated over VFW hall billiard games, usually by men named Vern or Red.
The Packer Report’s claim was quickly retweeted all over the place by local and national Browns beat reporters, who perhaps should have been on the phone rather than Twitter. The Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manoloff tweeted: “If the Packer Report says it’s true, it’s true. Love The Packer Report.” The news no doubt contributed to the ominous prognosis the paper put on its website that McCoy’s “hours might be numbered.”
The only problem: It wasn’t true.
Just as team officials were dousing McCoy’s pants with kerosene, someone got around to actually checking out the original scoop. Within minutes of each other on Friday afternoon, The PD’s Mary Kay Cabot and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen both reported — that is, they actually talked to somebody — that the Browns had in fact not spoken to any franchise about dumping McCoy. Thus began a new round of corrective tweets.
With the Packers rumor finally cleared up, we’d like to report that our own sources reveal that McCoy has begun negotiations to hold the clipboard next year for the red guy in the Wiggles.