A.J. McCarron decision may be delayed

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A ruling on the question of whether Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron will be a restricted or unrestricted free agent was expected by today. That may not be happening.

The decision may be delayed beyond today due to personal reasons of the arbitrator, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com.

Although it’s important for everyone involved to know whether the Bengals can use one of the various restricted free agency tenders to keep him in place for one more year or whether he’ll be an unrestricted free agent, it’s not critical that the situation be resolved today or this week. But the time for knowing his status conclusively is definitely coming soon.

If he’s unrestricted, McCarron can sign anywhere he wants. If he’s restricted, the Bengals will have to decide the specific tender level as part of a broader strategy for his immediate future.

Some may say that the Bengals should consider keeping McCarron and moving on from Andy Dalton, who has a base salary of $13.7 million and a cap charge (if traded or cut) of $2.4 million. But the Bengals nearly traded McCarron to the Browns at the deadline (the Browns bungled the deal); if the Bengals were thinking about choosing McCarron over Dalton, they wouldn’t have nearly shipped him to a division rival.

So McCarron likely is still the odd man out. The only question is whether he walks away without immediate compensation or whether the Bengals will be able to try to trade him all over again.

12 responses to “A.J. McCarron decision may be delayed

  1. It’s just mind blowing how stupid that trade for McCarron would have been. And as to that issue McCarron has a grief, a team has no right to stash a player on IR when he’s healthy enough to play without his consent.

  2. The Browns were willing to pay the “same division” price for McCarron so it should be easy for Cincy to get a 2nd for him from another team if he loses. A 2nd round pick is not much to give up for a young QB that has shown some promise and will be on a 2nd contract that uses the 2nd round tender as a starting point. The only problem is there seems to be way more options at QB in FA this year.

  3. If McCarron is tendered “transition” then it’s a 2nd rounder that is the acquiring team’s orginal pick. In the Browns case that’s #33. No way he’s worth that imo

  4. Lets say Andy Dalton is so-so. If you move on from him is AJ McCarron any better?
    If his contact is up he may play for a prove it deal or a long term deal at a lower price. What if he’s not as good as Dalton?
    Its like trading one so-so QB for another, maybe saying 3MM a year. Neither will win you anything.

  5. Devil’s advocate=== The Bengals drafted McCarron knowing he was hurt(which is why he was a 5th rounder), as the season progressed and the Bengals were technically “in the hunt” it becomes a roster numbers game, McCarron was not 100% so he was put on IR this also kept a roster spot open for someone who could have possibly contributed because it would have been highly unlikely McCarron could have being a rookie and still being hurt. I think the Bengals have a legit case…also do think either way he will be in a different uniform this summer

  6. whodatalien says:
    February 15, 2018 at 2:09 pm
    what nobody talks about – mccarron is garbage.

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    I talk about it and I agree with you in spirit. Whether he is “garbage” or not, I don’t know at all why he is generating this kind of energy around his free agency. He has a good string in relief in 2015. Scott Mitchell and Matt Flynn had their strings in relief as well. They didn’t pan out as starters.

    McCarron didn’t go in the 5th because of his injury. He went in the 5th because of his talent. Stop talking about this guy.

  7. reddzen says:
    February 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm
    whodatalien says:
    February 15, 2018 at 2:09 pm
    what nobody talks about – mccarron is garbage.

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    I talk about it and I agree with you in spirit. Whether he is “garbage” or not, I don’t know at all why he is generating this kind of energy around his free agency. He has a good string in relief in 2015. Scott Mitchell and Matt Flynn had their strings in relief as well. They didn’t pan out as starters.

    McCarron didn’t go in the 5th because of his injury. He went in the 5th because of his talent. Stop talking about this guy.

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    Exactly, but the crazy thing is that Scott Mitchell and Matt Flynn had wayyyyy more talent than McCarron.

  8. whodatalien says:
    February 15, 2018 at 2:09 pm
    what nobody talks about – mccarron is garbage.


    Well if It hadn’t been for a Jeremy Hill Fumble. McCarron would have Won the first Bengal’s Playoff game in years… More than you can say about Andy

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