AJ McCarron on impending free agency: We’re open to everything

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AJ McCarron got what he wanted, learning he will become a free agent March 14 when his lawyer uttered the two words he hoped to hear: You won. An independent arbitrator ruled in the quarterback’s favor in his grievance against the Bengals regarding their decision to place him on the non-football injury (NFI) list at the start of 2014.

“It’s just a blessing,” McCarron said, via Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I was going to be blessed either way because you’re still in the league; you’re still being able to play the game for a living. But it’s just awesome just to be free now and to hopefully get that opportunity and be able to compete somewhere. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. I’m just super excited. Just really excited that I get that opportunity now, and I just can’t wait to just showcase what I can do and show a team that I can lead a team and win ball games.”

The Bengals could apply a transition or franchise tag, but that seems unlikely. It’s more likely he becomes one of the more coveted quarterbacks on the free agent market, able to pick where he wants to go and have a chance to start.

“We’re going to be open to everything,” McCarron said. “I’m not the one — the people that know me and truly know me, and my family knows — it’s not about the money for me. I just love playing football. Making the money is great, but I just want to play. That’s what I grew up on. That’s what you’re raised on. Like here in the South, you’re raised to love football. It’s not about money. I just want to play. Whoever gives me an opportunity. I’m not going to chase the huge contract and be put in a situation that I might not be 100 percent comfortable with just because it’s a lot more money or whatever. I want to go somewhere where I can win and help the team win and we have a bright future together. I’m just super excited for this next chapter.”

27 responses to “AJ McCarron on impending free agency: We’re open to everything

  1. Not a lot of starting time to go on with this guy, it will be interesting to see how he plays once he finally gets a chance.

  2. >> I’m not going to chase the huge contract and be put in a situation that I might not be 100 percent comfortable with just because it’s a lot more money or whatever.

    He hasn’t accomplished anything or proven anything, who is going to pay him?
    There is huge risk for him to take a short term deal and bust. He should maximize what he can get because he’s likely to be gone in a couple of years.

  3. Going to Arizona and throwing to HOFer Larry Fitzgerald would be a nice way to start chapter 2, AJ!

  4. Why is anyone assuming this guy is any good? He’s proven nothing at this point. I think he’s Matt Barkley 2.0. Any team would be foolish to tie up a bunch of money on this guy.

  5. indiapalealeblog says:

    February 15, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    >> I’m not going to chase the huge contract and be put in a situation that I might not be 100 percent comfortable with just because it’s a lot more money or whatever.

    He hasn’t accomplished anything or proven anything, who is going to pay him?
    There is huge risk for him to take a short term deal and bust. He should maximize what he can get because he’s likely to be gone in a couple of years.
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    You could say the same thing for Jimmy Garrappollo. At Least McCarron has playoff experience.

  6. He’s just not that good. Anyone with eyes can see it. But yeah, he’ll get paid, as most paid QB’s in the NFL today just aren’t that good. What happened to the Marino’s, Akman’s, Bradshaw’s, Montana’s? Outside of Aaron Rodgers and Brady, it’s all mediocre QB’s today.

  7. Sorry Cleveland. After living and playing in Ohio for the last few years even you will admit that given the opportunity he is long gone.

  8. You guys are crazy. I’ve watched his whole career. He is a winner and will make any team better. Naysayers that don’t know. Ugh.

  9. Heres another thing. Denver is the perfect place for AJ. If you know anything about the NFL you have to see this. Cincy will miss him, but he wont miss them.

  10. He had a lot of detractors when he came out of College. I liked him, but I’m also not a top level NFL Exec that evaluates talent.. He was a winner in college and seems to be a good kid/guy. Those 2 things usually go a long way to having a good career in the NFL.

  11. I hadn’t thought about this until just now but…given the history that Zimmer and McCarron have…could this be why the Vikings haven’t signed a QB yet? Were they waiting for this announcement?

  12. Considering he filed this grievance because he didn’t get traded to Cleveland like he wanted pretty sure it’s not a fargone conclusion that we know where he’s going to land.

  13. I do believe what he says about not being all money. If you follow his whole “saga” with the trade and with this grievance he has always said the right things—even said the right things when Dalton struggled—very mature and classy dude. We’ll see where he ends up–but I think he’ll want to go to team that can win—Buffalo has a decent team and the New England dynasty is aging and showing cracks…perhaps Minnesota, but I think Keenum ends back there…Cleveland with Hue Jackson, but that’s still in rebuild although sooner or later…maybe Jacksonville?

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