Could AJ McCarron end up with the Browns after all?

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The Browns didn’t get AJ McCarron the first time they tried, botching a trade at the trade deadline. With McCarron now set to become a free agent March 14, the Browns are expected to have interest again, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The Bengals quarterback said he is “going to be open to everything.”

But McCarron might have interest in the Browns considering his ties to Cleveland’s coaches. With Hue Jackson as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator, McCarron went 2-1 as the starter in place of the injured Andy Dalton in 2015.

Ken Zampese, the Browns’ new quarterbacks coach, was McCarron’s quarterbacks coach for two seasons and then his offensive coordinator in Cincinnati.

Plus, the Browns have the most cap room of any team at $110 million.

23 responses to “Could AJ McCarron end up with the Browns after all?

  1. It seems like paying more for the proven Kirk Cousins is the smarter move. But Cousins may not want to sign there so do they risk letting McCarron sign somewhere else? What a pickle.

  2. Could be interesting because if they sign him to a 2 year deal that’s really 1 yr guaranteed like the bears did with Glennon it opens the door for them to take a qb but if they sign him to something that actually guarantees 2 to 3 years im not sure how or why the browns wpuld draft a qb in the 1st round with either pick.

  3. The only way the Browns are going to win any games is if they TOTALLY ignore ALL Coaching schemes, game plans, and other interference from the front office! That group of “I think I know Football, and want to play Coach”, and let the actual Coaches do their work.
    I have never seen such a Dysfunctional team in my 50 years of watching the sport. Perhaps a couple of years of the 1970’s Tampax Bay Buccaneers!
    I find it amazing that their Scouting crew has struck out on so many sub 5th pick overall players for so many years in a row!
    How many QB’s have they drafted with the 1st-5th picks?
    It is so bad, the Browns players and Managment should be paying the FANS to come to games!

  4. kingthielenscourt says:
    February 15, 2018 at 8:16 pm
    The only way the Browns are going to win any games is if they TOTALLY ignore ALL Coaching schemes, game plans, and other interference from the front office! That group of “I think I know Football, and want to play Coach”, and let the actual Coaches do their work.
    I have never seen such a Dysfunctional team in my 50 years of watching the sport. Perhaps a couple of years of the 1970’s Tampax Bay Buccaneers!
    I find it amazing that their Scouting crew has struck out on so many sub 5th pick overall players for so many years in a row!
    How many QB’s have they drafted with the 1st-5th picks?
    It is so bad, the Browns players and Managment should be paying the FANS to come to games!

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    Watch a game. Understand the difference between Sashi and real scouts. Understand that teams have turned it around in a season.

  5. Imagine being the franchise QB that turned the Browns around. You would instantly become a God in Cleveland.

  6. DrSteveBrule says:
    February 15, 2018 at 7:52 pm
    It seems like paying more for the proven Kirk Cousins is the smarter move. But Cousins may not want to sign there so do they risk letting McCarron sign somewhere else? What a pickle.
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    Proven what? I don’t know what it is he has proven except that he could win a weakened division when he was paid only $660 K, but when he got paid in 2016, 19 mill, he went 8-8-7-1 and stunk up their last opportunity by throwing a game ending pick the last game of the season, killing their playoff hope.
    2017 they had hope again, and paid him $24 million, producing a record of 7-9. With a 1-5 record in the division. Oh, but he sure can get some between the 20’s passing stats!!! So, thats what you get proven. Career record of 26-30-1.

  7. They could bring in McCarron if he wants a smallish prove it salary. But if not, they should bring in another overvalued vet-like the Eagles got Foles, and Case Keenam went to the Vikings for a pittance. The Browns should draft a baller QB with the fourth or first possibly pick and bring in a more youngish undervalued seasoned veteran to get things going giving the draft pick a chance to develop should he need it and the vet can go win a few games in the meantime. The Browns should be ready and grown up a bit. To pay top dollar for a McCarron costs way more than going the first round veteran way. In three years they could be contending for a SB BEFORE their salary cap glory goes to pot with an overpriced ‘MARKET’ QB!!!

  8. I mean, really, he only has to be mediocre and healthy. That would make him the best QB they’ve had in 15 years aside from 1 year of an out of his mind Derek Anderson. He can play 7-9 ball, I think the Browns fans would be ECSTATIC about that.

  9. How many QB’s have they drafted with the 1st-5th picks?

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    I assume kingthielenscourt is asking because since the team was reformed in 1999 the answer 1 and that was in 1999 . Not 1 more QB taken in top 5 since 1999 . Are you saying they should have taken more QBs in the top 5 , because if you right you could be correct, like in 05 drafting Aaron Rodgers over Braylon Edwards or in 2012 instead of a RB draft Russell Wilson , Cousins , Foles, or even Tannehill.

  10. onebuffalove716 says:
    February 15, 2018 at 7:51 pm
    110 million? in case anyone wonders why they went 0-16

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    Exactly. Everything Sashi Brown was praised for (tearing down the roster and making it the youngest in the league; shipping vets outta town; accumulating picks and cap space) inherently made Hue Jackson’s job harder. A lot harder. And it’s why Haslam knew it was stupid to fire him. Don’t tell me you’re tanking then get mad at the Head Coach for not winning games. That’s not how this works.

  11. Derek Anderson had a career game against the Giants. He looked like a long term answer. But he’s still playing and set for life. So good for him through his ups and downs.

    I would think 3 years at 60 million with a 2 year guarantee of 40 will get AJ. A former 5th round back up would be stupid not to take that. Probably be some 4 year deal worth more but in that range. Arizona might offer him more but they should look at a Minnesota left over and draft a QB.

    This allows the Browns to take Barkley at 1 and Fitzpatrick at 4 and get instantly better on both sides of the ball on the cheap, no less.

    Cousins isn’t any better and will cost a lot more to ‘lure’ him to Cleveland. AJ wants to go there.

    Denver gets Cousins and let the Qb class of 2018 drop to where they should get drafted instead of wasting picks to move up to ‘what if’.

    This should leave Mayfield for Arizona which is in rebuild mode. Jets get 1 of the other 3 and everyone is happy but the Giants. Everyone knows they want Barkley.

  12. oscarxray says:
    February 15, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    If John Dorsey and Todd Haley want McCarron then so be it. Nobody else’s opinion should count.

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    I’d agree except Hue Jackson is the head coach. Perhaps his opinion should count..

  13. As a Arizona fan I hope Cousins doesn’t come to AZ. I just feel he will be the next Andy Dalton Matter of fact Cinncy should keep AJ and trade Dalton.

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