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Marvin Lewis: Bengals won’t trade A.J. McCarron

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If any team is thinking of making a trade offer for Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, Marvin Lewis has some advice: Save your breath.

Lewis told PFT’s Mike Florio at today’s league meeting that if a team calls with an offer for McCarron, the Bengals will respectfully decline.

After Andy Dalton suffered a season-ending hand injury in Week 14 last season, McCarron came in and played fairly well, with six touchdowns and two interceptions over the Bengals’ last four games. It’s possible that some quarterback-needy team could view McCarron as an upgrade over what it has now, but the Bengals think McCarron is too valuable as Dalton’s backup to trade away.

Lewis’s interview will air on the Tuesday edition of PFT Live.

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44 Responses to “Marvin Lewis: Bengals won’t trade A.J. McCarron”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Mar 21, 2016 3:55 PM

    Samething they said about Carson!!!

  2. lightninhopkins says: Mar 21, 2016 3:56 PM

    Sure. And I have a bridge to sell you.

  3. DawgPound83 says: Mar 21, 2016 3:57 PM

    Don’t do it Hue. Hang up the phone. Just go w/ Grandpa McCown, RGKnee and your second favorite ginger, Mr. Carson Wentz.

  4. fishyinalittledishy says: Mar 21, 2016 3:58 PM

    For the right price everything’s for sale bud.

  5. steamingpilerex says: Mar 21, 2016 3:58 PM

    Why not Marvin? Andy Dalton’s hand worse than expected or has his “reckless” nature turned your stomach sour? look on the bright side if that would have been Cam Newton on that play – your qb never would have got hurt: he’d a just stood there like he was frozen…LOL

  6. bengalsfacepainter says: Mar 21, 2016 4:00 PM

    That’s coach-speak for, “we’re open to trading the guy”…

  7. niners816 says: Mar 21, 2016 4:06 PM

    I was listening to Mike & Mike the other day (unfortunately), and Greenberg said the Broncos should trade their 1st round pick for A.J. Mike Greenberg is the absolute worst. The dude can’t even change his own tire on his car (not kidding). He won’t say the name: “Redskins”. But, the absolute worst: “I don’t like Free Bird from Lynrd Skynrd because the guitar solo is too long.” How that dude EVER got put on the radio is beyond me.

  8. whodeylifer says: Mar 21, 2016 4:06 PM

    Not even for 3 first round picks. Too many variables. He knows what he has. When/if 14 has injuries, we have a very capable back up in place (that could eventually turn into a starting role). Risk/reward just isn’t there.

  9. jjackwagon says: Mar 21, 2016 4:11 PM

    In others words “We haven’t had a good enough offer yet. And if you want him you will have to ante up!”

    The truth is they would be better off trading the Red B-B gun and keeping AJ.

  10. drakescounsellor says: Mar 21, 2016 4:13 PM

    Lol this guy couldn’t beat the worst pass defense in the nfl this year, Manziel threw for 372 yards against that defense! with Benjamin and Barnidge, McCarron had Green, Hill, Sanu, Bernard, Jones, Eiffert and still couldn’t beat Pitt! baffles me that people want him.

  11. ctiggs says: Mar 21, 2016 4:14 PM

    who wants any alabama players

  12. ttommytom says: Mar 21, 2016 4:15 PM

    AJ must be drooling for time to pass by.

    Oswieler got 72 mil for the same audition and I thought McCarron looked better.

    PS

    I thought his wife picked him a few rounds too high but who is laughing now?

  13. feckyerlife says: Mar 21, 2016 4:19 PM

    Its kinda sad and pathetic move by teams that prevent players from allowing to go to prosper on another team. There are a few QB’s in the league who are back ups that probably could be a mid level starter and they are hold back by their GMs or Coaches who wont let them leave. I understand the GM’s/ Coaches side of things as well. But lets face it there is a quite a few vet QBs that you can go sign off the street that can win you a couple games if need be.

  14. ajigel says: Mar 21, 2016 4:22 PM

    AJ is a competent back up that they are paying next to nothing – definitely keep the guy. Injuries happen, and even though Dalton hadn’t missed a snap up until late last season, its always good to have an insurance policy.

    That said, when AJ has only one year left on his contract you trade the guy. He won’t resign when he has a chance to start elsewhere, so you might as well get something for him

  15. silverhat78 says: Mar 21, 2016 4:25 PM

    fishyinalittledishy says:
    Mar 21, 2016 3:58 PM
    For the right price everything’s for sale bud.

    Understood, but if the Bengals will not sell regardless, then this is a moot point.

  16. couchbasher says: Mar 21, 2016 4:27 PM

    Not even for Joe Thomas?!?!?

  17. aquibtalibedoutoftheseason says: Mar 21, 2016 4:29 PM

    I thought he looked decent, maybe in 2 years, he should be better than Dalton

  18. mogogo1 says: Mar 21, 2016 4:36 PM

    He’s not costing them much at the moment so it would have to be a good offer. But unless they REALLY think he’s going to supplant Dalton there isn’t any reason to not consider all offers. Because the vast majority of QBs have a very short half-life. He’s a couple of bad games from it being a joke that anybody would have even considered trading for him.

  19. jdphx says: Mar 21, 2016 4:44 PM

    Of course not… why would they trade their best QB?

  20. jag1959 says: Mar 21, 2016 4:45 PM

    “Bengals won’t trade A.J. McCarron”

    Translation:
    To all GM’s:
    Operators are standing by to take your call.

  21. pastanow says: Mar 21, 2016 4:46 PM

    He wasn’t even good at Alabama. He was just a weak armed game manager riding on a good defense.

  22. chinahand11 says: Mar 21, 2016 4:49 PM

    “Greenberg said the Broncos should trade their 1st round pick for A.J.”

    How drunk was Greenberg? That’s an early morning show, you know.

  23. flipola says: Mar 21, 2016 4:57 PM

    If any team is thinking of making a trade offer for Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, they’re out of their minds.

  24. niners816 says: Mar 21, 2016 4:59 PM

    chinahand11 says:
    Mar 21, 2016 4:49 PM
    “Greenberg said the Broncos should trade their 1st round pick for A.J.”

    How drunk was Greenberg? That’s an early morning show, you know.
    ——————
    You know Greenberg wouldn’t drink. Dude can’t even change his tire, man.

  25. azjohnny says: Mar 21, 2016 5:06 PM

    Everybody has their price

  26. joetoronto says: Mar 21, 2016 5:29 PM

    This kid had a playoff game won before the turds blew it, something the Red Sausage has never done.

  27. phillyphanatic77 says: Mar 21, 2016 5:35 PM

    I was wondering all off season why no one had brought McCarron up. he’d be a good fit for the Jets or Browns. He’s got solid physical ability and I think Cinci got a steal in the 5th round. He’s not some can’t miss QB but I don’t see why he couldn’t have a career like the guy he backs up. Dalton doesn’t have a big arm or anything, but he’s successful.

  28. germstanc says: Mar 21, 2016 5:48 PM

    I would give a #1 pick for mccarron. Compared to what’s out there he is a stud.

  29. rajbais says: Mar 21, 2016 5:49 PM

    Well, if they can get a #2 or #3 receiver and/or a pick for AJ, that would work.

  30. swellbuilt says: Mar 21, 2016 6:07 PM

    Better off trading Dalton

  31. hibcid16 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:27 PM

    Wonder if Elway has made this call? AJ has gotta be a better choice than Kap, RG3, or Fitz

  32. vottorific says: Mar 21, 2016 6:28 PM

    He would upgrade at least half the teams. He is under his rookie contract. Bengals were patient while his shoulder healed. They would be crazy to trade him now.

  33. ppc50 says: Mar 21, 2016 6:34 PM

    Dallas should offer a 3rd, plus a top 5 cheerleader to the Broncos squad

  34. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 21, 2016 7:54 PM

    Jeremy Hill owes this guy an apology. AJ would’ve been a folklore hero in cincy and value would’ve shot up if not for The Fumble.

  35. nhpats says: Mar 21, 2016 7:55 PM

    If the Bengals have any hopes of winning a playoff game then Dalton is the one they should trade….if anybody will take him.

  36. ncbengalmike says: Mar 21, 2016 7:56 PM

    Why not Marvin? Andy Dalton’s hand worse than expected or has his “reckless” nature turned your stomach sour? look on the bright side if that would have been Cam Newton on that play – your qb never would have got hurt: he’d a just stood there like he was frozen…LOL
    __________________
    He was tackling a defensive player after a turnover. do you even watch football?

  37. rolltide510 says: Mar 21, 2016 8:35 PM

    He was tackling a defensive player after a turnover. do you even watch football?
    ————

    Because I watch football, I know QBs aren’t supposed to try to tackle people because its a needless injury risk.

    Maybe if it had been a playoff game, but, you know, Dalton, etc.

  38. domedaddy says: Mar 21, 2016 10:16 PM

    AJ is already better than the Red BB.

  39. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Mar 21, 2016 10:27 PM

    Brent Musburger will give up three first-rounders for his wife.

  40. realdealsteel says: Mar 21, 2016 11:42 PM

    Lewis has to say that to keep the trade value high. Smart.

  41. ohand16 says: Mar 21, 2016 11:47 PM

    #GingerGate

  42. pittsburghdamned says: Mar 22, 2016 1:19 AM

    i.e. We have no faith in the Ginger.

    Got it, Bungles

  43. rutchaser says: Mar 22, 2016 8:56 AM

    I still cant believe Marvin is STILL the Bengals head coach. Another year of the same quotes, motivational T shirts and giggling at press conferences after a loss. This short window of a loaded roster is going to close.

  44. rutchaser says: Mar 22, 2016 9:01 AM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Mar 21, 2016 7:54 PM
    Jeremy Hill owes this guy an apology. AJ would’ve been a folklore hero in cincy and value would’ve shot up if not for The Fumble.
    —————————————————————-
    You can add Vontaze and Pacman to this list too. I know some fellow Bengals fans love these guys, but they will cost us again. By “us” I mean the fans. I’m not one to pretend I’m part of the team.

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