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Colt McCoy eager to get started with San Francisco

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm •  Published: April 2, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In Cleveland one day for the start of offseason conditioning, in the Bay Area the next studying his new San Francisco playbook.

What a whirlwind 24 hours for Colt McCoy.

McCoy's trade from the Browns to the 49ers was finalized Tuesday after the quarterback passed a physical.

"I actually showed up in Cleveland yesterday to start the offseason," McCoy said on a conference call between meetings at his new team headquarters. "I didn't really know what was going to happen. I think there was a lot of speculation. At the end of the day yesterday I was a 49er, and I couldn't be more happy."

McCoy will have the chance to win the backup job behind Colin Kaepernick for the NFC champions, who had a spot to fill after trading 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick Alex Smith to Kansas City at the start of the NFL's free agency period.

"We are pleased to add another high-character player like Colt to our roster," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said. "He is a young, competitive player who we are looking forward to working with."

McCoy showed up in Cleveland on Monday to participate in the team's offseason training regimen only to learn he was headed West to play for ex-NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh and the two-time reigning NFC West champion Niners.

"It's good to get a new fresh start, fresh opportunity, and to do it with a team that's well established," McCoy said. "I've heard nothing but great things about this place. ... It's a blessing."

San Francisco is sending a pair of undisclosed draft picks to the Browns. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the team got a fifth- and seventh-round pick in this month's NFL draft in exchange for McCoy and Cleveland's sixth-round pick. The person provided details of the trade on condition of anonymity.

McCoy can't wait to get to work alongside Harbaugh, the 2011 NFL Coach of the Year after his rookie season as a head coach. As of Tuesday afternoon, McCoy was still waiting for the chance to toss the ball around with the coach — though they still had a sit-down scheduled after lunching together earlier in the day.

"They've been very successful. I've watched Coach Harbaugh since he was at Stanford," McCoy said. "I've played with some guys who were with him at Stanford, Owen Marecic, he played both ways for him, one of my good buddies.

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