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Bengals sign A.J. McCarron, Lavelle Westbrooks

AJ McCarron AP

The Bengals got the ball rolling on signing draft picks by agreeing to contracts with two picks on Wednesday and they got up to four on Thursday.

The team announced that fifth-round quarterback A.J. McCarron and seventh-round cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks have joined the previously signed Marquis Flowers and James Wright. That leaves the Bengals halfway through the draft class.

McCarron won a pair of national titles while at Alabama and said before the draft that he’d been told he had a first-round grade by multiple teams. Those remarks reportedly didn’t sit well with some teams and McCarron had to settle for being the second quarterback off the board in the fifth round. He’ll compete with Jason Campbell to be the backup to Andy Dalton this season.

Westbrooks has loads of experience as a starter at Georgia Southern, but the Bengals have depth at cornerback after taking Darqueze Dennard in the first round. That would leave special teams as Westbrook’s clearest path to the roster.

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5 Responses to “Bengals sign A.J. McCarron, Lavelle Westbrooks”
  1. dethsupport says: May 22, 2014 3:52 PM

    John David Booty 2.0. Roll Tide into unemployment.

  2. pem34 says: May 22, 2014 4:38 PM

    “That leaves the Bengals halfway through the draft class.”

    You are giving Mike Brown a very generous assumption here – up until about 4 years ago, I swore he slept through that class…

  3. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 5:31 PM

    mike brown can sleep thru drafts since it is Marvin Lewis business.

    Since Marvin Lewis was hired… the Cincinnati Bengals has only had TWO bad drafts (2007 and 2008).

    I know the Bengals drafted Leon Hall in 2007… but… the lack of picks, the total misses, and injuries put it on the list.

  4. natijim235 says: May 22, 2014 9:24 PM

    unlike alot of naysayers about McCarron he will be a nice QB in NFL when he gets his chance

  5. realmenwearstripes says: May 22, 2014 11:44 PM

    I hear McCarron has awesome clipboard-handling skills.

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