Report: Bengals turned down second-rounder for AJ McCarron

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All offseason, the Bengals denied they were shopping backup quarterback AJ McCarron.

But somebody reportedly made an offer that would have been tough to pass on.

According to Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, the Bengals were offered a second-round pick for the former fifth-rounder, but turned it down.

The preference was apparently to hang onto him because they’d have had to spend a pick to replace him to find a backup to Andy Dalton. Of course, there has been some uncertainty as to how long the Bengals could control his rights. He’s filed a motion to be credited with an accrued season for his rookie year, when the Bengals stashed him on the non-football injury list until December. If that’s not granted, he’d be a restricted free agent in 2018.

The Broncos were linked to McCarron, but Denver executive John Elway deemed that one “fake news,” apparently content to stick with the tandem nobody’s referring to “fire and fury” (Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch).

31 responses to “Report: Bengals turned down second-rounder for AJ McCarron

  1. Wow. A team with a solidified starting quarterback would never pass up on a second rounder for their backup. Looks like the Bengals see in Dalton what the rest of the world outside cincy does.

  2. Bengals are in no rush. Why part with McCarron just yet? They can also get out of Dalton’s contract after this season with a dead cap hit of only $2.4mm. If Dalton struggles again this season, things could get interesting in Cincinnati.

  3. “Wow. A team with a solidified starting quarterback would never pass up on a second rounder for their backup”

    Other than the Pats passed on a first rounder for Garrappollo. Given how frequently starting QBs have been injured the last couple years having a competent backup who knows the offense is crucial. Trading a known quantity for a rookie who may or may not pan out is not a wise decision at the QB position.

  4. Smart move by the Bengals. There were also several stories/speculation about the Patriots backup QB. We all know how hard it is to find a good QB, and if you don’t have a decent backup the season could be one QB injury away from disaster. There aren’t that many Cutler’s or Bradford’s out there.

  5. Bengals will need at least two QB’s to make it through this year. Their OL was decimated in the offseason when they lost 3 starters.

  6. Mr Ed denies that his team is looking for a QB? Why? Everyone already knows the 2018 starter isn’t on the roster.

  7. I don’t believe this.

    As cheap as that owner is, he would have gladly taken the 2nd and not have to worry about paying him next year or having to slap a high tender on him, thus paying him more then he would a rookie QB.

  8. Wow. A team with a solidified starting quarterback would never pass up on a second rounder for their backup. Looks like the Bengals see in Dalton what the rest of the world outside cincy does.
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    I think the Patriots would disagree.

  9. There is a possibility that the team to enquire about McCarron was Miami, after Tannehill went down. Lots of scenarios were tossed around and ultimately Cutler was signed. However, on some Dolphin websites the question was asked what Draftpick could be traded to acquire McCarron if he was well regarded.

  10. Under the rules of the CBA, he has no shot at having his first season count as an accrued season. That means two more years with the Bengals if they choose to keep you.

  11. harrisonhits2 says:
    August 10, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    “Wow. A team with a solidified starting quarterback would never pass up on a second rounder for their backup”

    Other than the Pats passed on a first rounder for Garrappollo. Given how frequently starting QBs have been injured the last couple years having a competent backup who knows the offense is crucial. Trading a known quantity for a rookie who may or may not pan out is not a wise decision at the QB position.
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    It’s simple Brady is 40 but when he was 34 they traded Cassel for a second round pick. You know why they acquired a second round pick for Cassel? Cause they believed in their starter. This is more simple than commenters are making it.

  12. Dalton didn’t struggle last year. He had a good year considering he was sacked over 40 times.

  13. After refusing to trade McCarron, the Bengals counter-offered the proposing team Dalton for a bag of old footballs and they were turned down

  14. If Mike Brown is still there then it makes perfect sense, gamble on keeping him for another season where you either miss the playoffs or make it and lose in the first round versus trade him for a second round pick that you could use on a player that might strengthen your team this year. However, given that Marvin Lewis is still and Adam Jones formerly known as “Pacman” can do whatever he does and still keep his job then it makes perfect sense.

  15. But Kaepernick is available and what could possibly go wrong with that as Daltons back up ?
    Besides you get his girlfriend also…..McCarrons not the other guys

  16. Trading away back up quarterbacks can be a risky proposition. If the starter goes down, you still want a chance to win games. McCarron gives the Bengals that chance. As they said, all that really means is that they would have to use that pick or another on another backup quarterback who might not even be as good.

  17. @wahoo21- and Mike Brown would be the best owner for Kaep to play for. Also, Marvin would be the best coach for him and Cincy has welcomed Pacman and Mixon with open arms. But, I think Kaep wants to be a starter.

  18. Could it be they’re finally tired of regular season wins and no post season success in Cincinnati?

    Naw, nevermind.

  19. McCarron is as solid a backup as you could hope to get in this league. Frankly, I wish the Steelers had him. As a Bama fan, I’ll admit I’m partial to the guy who won two titles for us–one of only seven QBs in history to win back-to-back national titles. I’m not overly crazy about his personality, but watched every college game he played and know what he can do on the field, and what he doesn’t do–which is bring unnecessary drama into a game that is supposed to be entertaining. It makes much more sense to keep a proven quantity than to sell him for a draft pick only to have to worry about finding–and breaking in–another backup.

  20. If it was this year’s draft, the Bengals *already* had 12 total picks, plus also not a particularly great or deep draft for QB prospects (which devalues the pick value of whatever pick you’d use if you *have to* pick up another one in that draft). Letting everyone’s greatest unknown commodity since sliced bread(the backup QB, always a surefire bet for the HOF if only the bum starting wasn’t in his way) stay in town is also a nod to immediate team competitive aspirations.

    His potential trade value may also eventually be even more than a mid to high 2nd rounder somewhere else down the line. It’s not like that’s perishable at this point.

    Even if such a perceived valuable QB eventually leaves in FA, there’s a good possibility the high $$$ nature of QB FA deals gives opportunity to come out with quite a bit more than ‘nothing’ via comp pick assignment, so what would you really be gaining *relatively*?

  21. The Bengals insistence on hanging onto McCarron may change because they have been very impressed with their #3 guy Jeff Driskel and they will not want to carry three QBs. Stay tuned.

  22. “Have these people actually seen McCarron play?”

    Played in 7 games for Cinci in 2015. 79/119 = 66.4%, 854 yds= 122/game, 7.2 y/a, 6 TDs, 2 INTs

    Only 3 of those games were starts. Not bad stats for a backup, not great. There’s worse QBs starting for some teams.

  23. I’ll echo what was said, in that having a solid back-up is fairly essential, as you never know when you’re started might get injured, which is likely behind out line. Also, don’t underestimate the fact that Marvin is in his last year. Not that I wouldn’t be shocked if he gets another extension for a year or two regardless, just because Mike Brown doesn’t like to make too many changes, and he seems to accept mediocrity, but if its do or die time for Marvin I also wouldn’t be shocked. There are a lot of guys with big contracts ion their prime (Dalton, AJ, Dunlap, Geno, etc), so now’s time to win in the post season, and you don’t want an injury to Dalton to completely derail that.

  24. “It’s simple Brady is 40 but when he was 34 they traded Cassel for a second round pick. You know why they acquired a second round pick for Cassel? Cause they believed in their starter.”

    In the longer term big picture beyond 2017 you are correct, Brady is 40 and even though he’s in great shape that could deteriorate quickly when it finally happens.

    But in the short term of the 2017 season you are not correct. Every team’s starter is its start regardless of age. Every starting QB has a chance of being injured and if you don’t have a competent backup your season is essentially over. The Pats have loaded up for bear for the coming season, and there’s no way they were going into the season without a good backup who knew the system. I don’t believe Brissett is that guy and indications are the Pats don’t either. That meant retaining Garrappollo no matter what the trade offer was.

  25. Dalton’s stats were identical to Russell Wilson’s last year, while getting sacked 42 times. The dude is a good QB…top 12 in the league. Everyone chokes under Marvin Lewis. Been that way for 14 years. McCarron, Palmer and Kitna all choked too. McCarron had a 68.3 passer rating with 2 turnovers and 3 fumbles in that playoff game.

  26. Dalton’s stats were identical to Russell Wilson’s last year, while getting sacked 42 times. The dude is a good QB…top 12 in the league. Everyone chokes under Marvin Lewis. Been that way for 14 years. McCarron, Palmer and Kitna all choked too. McCarron had a 68.3 passer rating with 2 turnovers and 3 fumbles in that playoff game.

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