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Bengals reportedly want at least a second-round pick for A.J. McCarron

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The Bengals have said they value quarterback A.J. McCarronquite a bit.” Apparently, “quite a bit” has a number.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Bengals likely want at least a second-round pick for McCarron. The former Alabama quarterback started three regular-season games and one postseason game in 2015 after Andy Dalton suffered a broken thumb, and he nearly pushed the Bengals to a bye and, later, to the franchise’s first playoff win since 1991.

But Dalton remains the franchise quarterback, and the Bengals can either get something in trade for him now or see him leave via free agency next year.

It’s believed that the Vikings called the Bengals last year about McCarron after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury, but that the Bengals wanted too much for McCarron. Whether another team gives the Bengals what they currently want for him now remains to be seen.

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  1. natijim235 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:14 PM

    he’s will be good just needs his change to play everyday

  2. tonebones says: Mar 2, 2017 10:14 PM

    I think McCarron is better off being a backup for 15 years and then retire with $50-60 million in the bank, and no concussions. I know he’s a competitor and wants to play, but if he gets on the field, he might be out of the league in a couple years. That’s the risk, but I can’t blame the kid for wanting to play.

  3. natijim235 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:14 PM

    his chance to play

  4. subject1er says: Mar 2, 2017 10:17 PM

    Browns should do it. They could get that DE, and a top RB

  5. firstdownbrowns says: Mar 2, 2017 10:21 PM

    wonder if Brown would trade with the Browns ?

  6. natijim235 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:22 PM

    i’m not even drinking! He will be good just needs a chance to play everyday! a winner at bama plus he has a hot wife to look at!

  7. whodat5150 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:27 PM

    Make it happen Mickey! I would LOVE to see this kid get some grooming from Drew Brees and step take over in 2018, after the Saints don’t extend Drew.

  8. imaglaser says: Mar 2, 2017 10:31 PM

    He took over one of the best offenses in the NFL when Andy got hurt and he drove it off a cliff. Did anybody watch him play? Look how one of the leagues top offenses disappeared when Andy got hurt and Andy is not a stud. If he couldn’t perform with one of the most talented offenses around him, when can he? Does he have small hands? Didn’t he have 4 fumbles in 5 games? I am a Bengals fan. I would love if we got a 2nd round pick!

  9. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Mar 2, 2017 10:31 PM

    They’d be fortunate to get that for Dalton.

    If they actually valued him that much, he’d be starting, Dalton would be traded, and $16 mil in cap savings would be re-invested elsewhere.

  10. carloswlassiter says: Mar 2, 2017 10:32 PM

    That seems like a reasonable price – he has shown something in his limited action.

  11. acerockefellar says: Mar 2, 2017 10:32 PM

    Bengals will likely take a 2nd out of the division.

    The Browns have no shot at him for a second.

  12. fumblenuts says: Mar 2, 2017 10:38 PM

    The Cleveland Browns should be all over this….

  13. mcjon22 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:39 PM

    Pfft why would anyone do that?!?

  14. openfieldtackle says: Mar 2, 2017 10:41 PM

    3rd rounder at best. If wanted he is a FA after 2017!

  15. kelswhit77 says: Mar 2, 2017 10:51 PM

    “He took over one of the best offenses in the NFL when Andy got hurt and he drove it off a cliff. Did anybody watch him play? Look how one of the leagues top offenses disappeared when Andy got hurt and Andy is not a stud. If he couldn’t perform with one of the most talented offenses around him, when can he? Does he have small hands? Didn’t he have 4 fumbles in 5 games? I am a Bengals fan. I would love if we got a 2nd round pick!”

    Really? You’re either blind, drunk or just stupid. All McCarron did was come in cold against the Squealers and toss a 60+ yard TD pass and keep the Bengals in that game, then he completely schooled the best defense in football (Denver) on their home field for a half, before the OC got conservative, then overcame a 15-point, 4th quarter deficit against the hated Squealers in the playoff game, in horrible weather and without Giovani Bernard. AJ is a stud QB, and he will win Super Bowls. (Think Tom Brady level)……

  16. dickshotdogs says: Mar 2, 2017 10:54 PM

    Sure can tell it’s the business season. Love all the G.M.’s on here.

  17. 8oneanddones says: Mar 2, 2017 10:56 PM

    So the Bengals wanted more for McCarron than what the Vikings gave up for Sam Bradford?

  18. droppedinagreasefire says: Mar 2, 2017 10:56 PM

    Bengals will also take a secoND for Marv.

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 2, 2017 11:04 PM

    So far there is one second round pick offer on the table. In the 2067 draft.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 2, 2017 11:05 PM

    My cousin sent the first post.

  21. ak185 says: Mar 2, 2017 11:12 PM

    That seems reasonable. He’s been serviceable as a backup.

    There’s a lot of people who will treat draft picks as untouchable, but look at it realistically. If you draft a QB in the first or second rounds, you will spend a few years teaching your offense, even if he starts. And on top of that, there’s no guarantee he will even end up being average.

    A guy like McCarron who has shown that he can play better than average in limited time (or at least play up to standard in relief of a full time starter), has experience leading an NFL offense, and has played against NFL caliber defenses is worth more than the raw rookie you’ll get with that second rounder, and he’s still young. If the trade works out, you could realistically get anywhere from 4-10 years of utility out of that one pick.

    This is not an argument that he will certainly be amazing or even a solid trade. This is an argument that being your draft picks don’t have to be used on rookies, despite conventional wisdom that picks are untouchable simply because they are in fact draft picks.

  22. canetic says: Mar 2, 2017 11:30 PM

    The Raiders aren’t going to fall for that again

  23. amishninjas says: Mar 2, 2017 11:38 PM

    Hopefully Jimmy Haskell doesn’t talk to any Hobo’s between now and the draft.

  24. screwmemean says: Mar 3, 2017 12:02 AM

    Bengals will take a 7th for Marv.

  25. johnnnyschatzan says: Mar 3, 2017 12:48 AM

    He’s a free agent next year. What team trades a second to let him walk or franchise tag a guy with no production.

  26. dino2997 says: Mar 3, 2017 1:03 AM

    Bengals can dream apparently

  27. joetoronto says: Mar 3, 2017 4:23 AM

    This kid had finally won a playoff game for them until those two boneheads took personal fouls and lost the game.

    They really should trade Dalton and give the kid a chance, they have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.

    They won’t do it though and that’s why they’re known as the Bungals.

  28. turfczar57 says: Mar 3, 2017 4:30 AM

    I would think any team that believes they’re getting a starting QB would be fine with giving up a 2nd rounder.

  29. joedirte4life says: Mar 3, 2017 4:47 AM

    No way he’s worth a 2nd.
    But if they can pull it off then kudos to them

  30. wryly1 says: Mar 3, 2017 5:06 AM

    my question on McCarron is that if he’s that good, how come he can’t beat out a mediocre Andy Dalton?

  31. kcflake says: Mar 3, 2017 5:47 AM

    I would make that trade for my chiefs. A 2nd rounder for mccarron. Hell yeah.

  32. factman1000 says: Mar 3, 2017 6:34 AM

    This guy is a bum

  33. walker1191 says: Mar 3, 2017 6:37 AM

    I think this kid can play – he just needs a chance.

  34. benchokeshischikin says: Mar 3, 2017 7:07 AM

    If they trade AJ, in a year or so Bengal fans will learn they traded the wrong QB.

  35. jocko1181 says: Mar 3, 2017 7:10 AM

    Believe he is a restricted free agent after the upcoming season. Meaning you can’t just wait and get him next year…you will have to pay him AND give up draft pick(s) to Cincy.

    If Bengals don’t get price they want they just keep the insurance policy, render him and either keep him for a couple of million in 2018 and play the trade game again next off season or have someone sign him and collect the tender compensation.

  36. dumbpollack says: Mar 3, 2017 8:01 AM

    If it includes his girlfriend……I’m in.

  37. bengals1974 says: Mar 3, 2017 8:39 AM

    openfieldtackle says:
    Mar 2, 2017 10:41 PM
    3rd rounder at best. If wanted he is a FA after 2017!

    ———————–

    Just like Jock01181 said, he isn’t a free agent next year. He is restricted. He did not get credit for a full season his rookie year..

  38. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 3, 2017 8:41 AM

    ……I’m sure the Bengals did’nt mean to do this, but McCarron has been learning how to play the QB position the last few years WITHOUT taking the pounding….a smart team should cough up a 2nd and let him become their starter. I could see the Saints, the Chargers or the Dolphins doing this trade…..

  39. stillabengalsfan says: Mar 3, 2017 8:47 AM

    Wow, kindof surprised at a lot of the negative comments. I think AJ has the ‘it’ factor. He led the team back in the 4th quarter, and essentially won a playoff game – before Jeremy Hill gave it away. Also nearly beat the eventual Superbowl Champs at home in December. Had AJ Green not quit on a route late in that game, Cincy would have won and had a first round bye. I wouldn’t give him away for anything less than a 2 either… and not to Cleveland.

  40. winningisabrees says: Mar 3, 2017 9:10 AM

    Brent Musburger aggrees

  41. grumpysal says: Mar 3, 2017 9:35 AM

    A team should look to trade a 2nd rd pick for AJ with the possibility of it upgrading to a 1st rd pick if his wife agrees to hang out on the sidelines…we need more Brent Musberger moments.

  42. 81TinaKane says: Mar 3, 2017 9:40 AM

    8oneanddones says:
    Mar 2, 2017 10:56 PM

    So the Bengals wanted more for McCarron than what the Vikings gave up for Sam Bradford?

    ====================================
    Lets see, Mccarron 5th round draft pick with 3 career starts, or Bradford 1st overall pick with injuries but many many starts, its easy to see why MN would not give up much of value for an unproved guy like Mccarron, Cleveland wanted a 2nd rounder for Mcown who they just released

  43. rutchaser says: Mar 3, 2017 9:48 AM

    Can we GIVE someone a 2nd round pick to take Marvin Lewis away?

  44. bengalsfan2079 says: Mar 3, 2017 10:20 AM

    I would say that’s pretty fair but they do need to try to get something for him before he walks. They’ll get a comp pick most likely if someone signs him but I would try to make something off of him.

  45. ibottpsgoldpants says: Mar 3, 2017 10:26 AM

    I’d take the Browns 12th overall pick for AJ. But he’s not going to anyone in the division for less than a 1st.

    And anyway, Hue Jackson can’t afford to trade with the Bengals have we raped him of those two first round picks for Pick 6 Palmer. I doubt the Browns don’t make the call for that reason alone.

  46. jm91rs says: Mar 3, 2017 10:36 AM

    johnnnyschatzan says:
    Mar 3, 2017 12:48 AM

    He’s a free agent next year. What team trades a second to let him walk or franchise tag a guy with no production.
    _______________________________

    Same teams that were going to do it for Jimmy G? Also, he’s a restricted FA after next year so his team can franchise him or just match any other offer he gets.

  47. chaseutley says: Mar 3, 2017 10:38 AM

    AJ McCarron is not an NFL starter. Getting a second rounder for him would be great for the Bengals.

  48. PFT loves the Steelers says: Mar 3, 2017 10:38 AM

    wryly1 says:
    Mar 3, 2017 5:06 AM
    my question on McCarron is that if he’s that good, how come he can’t beat out a mediocre Andy Dalton?
    __________

    Because unlike what the general public thinks, Dalton isn’t mediocre. He’s a good QB. Think Stafford level, or Matt Ryan prior to his MVP run. Dalton was putting up insane numbers in 2015 prior to injury (106.2 rating) and has set every relevant season passing record for the Bengals. Don’t just judge him off of his 0-4 playoff record. Marvin Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs and has no idea how to get a team (includes QB) ready for the playoffs.

    As for AJ Macaroni, the kid looked ok. Hue Jackson managed him to death. The Bengals were 2-3 in his games after starting 10-2. McCarron rarely tested his arm, and when he did, there were mixed results, including a pick six. In the playoff game, he produced a 68.3 passer rating, 2 turnovers and 3 total fumbles. Led the offense to a whopping 16 points against a suspect Steelers D. It’s always good to know the facts before making a judgement.

  49. whodey420 says: Mar 3, 2017 11:16 AM

    You folks that think he’s a FA after 2017 need to get with it!
    He was on the “non football injury list” for his entire rookie season. He didn’t accrue a season towards free agency.
    He’s a RFA after 2017.

  50. ajigel says: Mar 3, 2017 12:15 PM

    8oneanddones says:
    Mar 2, 2017 10:56 PM
    So the Bengals wanted more for McCarron than what the Vikings gave up for Sam Bradford?
    ——
    Keep in mind that whatever team takes on McCarron is getting a starter for a salary that is likely close to league minimum, while the Vikings have to deal with Bradford’s contract.

    That trade was less about picking up draft picks and more about dumping salary, so its two completely different business situations.

  51. Lou Stools says: Mar 4, 2017 7:16 PM

    20% off at Joetoronto’s Broken Record Store, this weekend only.

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