AJ McCarron could be out of luck

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In a league typically without enough bad quarterbacks to go around, there’s an unprecedented abundance of plausibly talented options in 2018. Even with multiple starting-caliber rookies in the draft pool, the pre-free agency period has resulted in too many asses, not enough seats.

The primary seatless ass belongs to AJ McCarron. The former Bengals backup who won free agency via a grievance that challenged his non-football injury status as a rookie in 2014 has found no takers, forcing him to either take a backup job or wait.

The Bills provide a possible option for McCarron, but all signs point to Buffalo rocketing to the top of the draft and taking a quarterback. Thus, he’d be a short-term stop-gap, at best.

Beyond Buffalo, there’s currently no opportunity to get starting-caliber pay and a starting-caliber opportunity.

Of course, if McCarron would be willing to take a low-end deal, he could attract the attention of his former team. The Bengals, known to be notoriously careful with money, have Andy Dalton under contract at an average of $16 million per year, with $13.9 million due this year, $16.2 million owed in 2019, and $17.7 million for 2020.

What is they could get Dalton for the same, or less? The “or less” possibility could get the Bengals thinking about the potential wisdom of keeping the devil they know, and dumped the devil-haired starter whose play has regressed a bit in two straight non-playoff seasons in Cincinnati.

68 responses to “AJ McCarron could be out of luck

  1. He’d be a good backup on the Vikes for a 1-2 year deal worth 5 mil a year. But then again, I prefer Sloter as the backup going forward.

  2. I remember what his gf looks like. Poor AJ my ass. Easy Job, gets paid a ton, won’t have CTE.

  3. A.J. was a great college QB. Or at least he was the QB on a great college team. How’s Alabama done since he left? The bottom line is A.J. wasn’t ever a pro prospect. He had good leadership skills. He was a tough kid. Etc., but he was never a pro QB. The best thing he can do is be a backup QB for 15 years and retire a very wealthy man. If he ever gets on the field the cat will be out of the bag and he’ll be out of the league.

  4. go to the bills and then reap the benefit of 2 1st rounders …2 2nd rounders …and 2 3rd rounders. a win for every one!

  5. This so called QB free agent class is rite with one year wonders, retreads,and injury prone losers. None are close to what you call a franchise QB and the best of the bunch Cousins just got vastly over paid with in my opinion the worst contract ever written.

  6. A.J. McCarron is a fine, fine player. For the last 4 years the Bengals have been blessed to have had 2 great QB’s on their team. Thank god I am a Bengals fan and not a fan of the Jets or Bills.

  7. lol, maybe the jets could sign him – oops they forgot they already signed a qb – err I mean two qb’s.

  8. Pretty funny though how it plays out. Free agency begins at 4 tomorrow and it’s already 80 percent done.

  9. Would love to have him in Minnesota as a back-up but I’d imagine that he’ll go to a place where he can compete for a starting job.

  10. Out of luck?
    Out of talent.
    Who the hell is that redhead that pretends he’s a QB IN Cincy anyway?
    Time for a massive overhaul.
    Just like in GB.

  11. charliecharger says:
    March 13, 2018 at 9:38 pm
    A.J. was a great college QB. Or at least he was the QB on a great college team. How’s Alabama done since he left? The bottom line is A.J. wasn’t ever a pro prospect. He had good leadership skills. He was a tough kid. Etc., but he was never a pro QB. The best thing he can do is be a backup QB for 15 years and retire a very wealthy man. If he ever gets on the field the cat will be out of the bag and he’ll be out of the league.

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    Best comment of the day in my book. His flaws were apparent in his college game – he had a strong team around him, including a very strong running game. He was a game manager that rode that to prominence. I think his butt is cold because he isn’t very good. I mean the Cards even picked up Mike Glennon.

  12. If he isn’t good enough to succeed in a market where bradford, keenum and bridgewater get signed then I can’t feel bad for him

  13. He’s going to Miami and should beat out tannehill for the job. And I’m sorry but for florio to even insinuate mccarron is better than Dalton is laughable. If that were the case he would’ve unseated Dalton a long time ago. As far as Dalton regressing, let’s see if the team can get the o-line back in shape before we make that case. Anybody who knows anything about the Bengals knows that Dalton has played some of his better football the past season or two. However the team being unable to retain a good bit of its talent especially the offensive line has derailed their momentum.

  14. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    March 13, 2018 at 9:35 pm
    He’d be a good backup on the Vikes for a 1-2 year deal worth 5 mil a year. But then again, I prefer Sloter as the backup going forward
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    As opposed to who you’d prefer going backwards?

  15. I still think he’ll sign with the Browns, they’ll draft a QB and that QB won’t be rushed.

  16. What is they could get Dalton for the same, or less? The “or less” possibility could get the Bengals thinking about the potential wisdom of keeping the devil they know, and dumped the devil-haired starter whose play has regressed a bit in two straight non-playoff seasons in Cincinnati.

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    Did you mean McCarron? I do not not know what is.

  17. NO-ONE Ever wants a Bungles cast off….Lets See Dalton go to the market…ONLY the bungles will Out Bid Themselves..worse Organization to play for !!!!only Trash like a Pac-man goes there !!!!!! A real Porta-Potty Organization !!!!!!!You Never see Teams signing their or Trying to sign anybody they Ever drafted…Even Boomer HAD to go to the jets !!!!

  18. If he signed with the Vikings, he would automatically be the best QB on the roster. But much like last year’s best QB on the Viking’s roster, he will sit behind the stater.

  19. Browns need to sign him and let him and Tyrod Taylor compete for the starting job. Draft a QB and let him sit at QB3 for a year or so. You have a starter who earned it and a veteran backup.

  20. lionsnati0n says:
    I remember what his gf looks like. Poor AJ my ass. Easy Job, gets paid a ton, won’t have CTE.

    This is the correct take. Thank you sir, you are truly wise.

  21. Imagine if Drew Bledsoe had never gotten injured in New England. That little 6th round draft pick did pretty well for himself. He only became the best QB ever. Yea, Michigan never produced great QB’s. and Bama gave us Namath and Stabler.

  22. Can I just point out how it’s ok to call Andy Dalton devil haired, because he’s a white guy with red-hair, but… well, never mind. Either way, Id love for Buffalo to take McCarron, make the trade to get Mayfield and try to sneak Peterman onto the practice squad.(will somebody really try and swipe him?) You have McCarron there as insurance if Baker isn’t ready right out of the gate, and you can get him cheaper than Tyrod now that things have settled quite a bit. I don’t like Darbold or Rosen, and certainly am not sold on Jackson. I’ll take the Mayfield and his swagger, and McCarron has a bit of fire to him too.

  23. Everyone forgets, the guy has hardly played. If he was smart he would take a 1 year prove it deal wherever he could. Then if he succeeds, the interest will be there.

  24. Bills are in the hunt for a better QB than McCarron. Someone will want him as a solid #2 and he’ll have a chance to bargain with Cinci if they want him back in that role. Look around all 32 teams and you’ll see some pretty flimsy #2’s.

  25. Braz says:
    March 13, 2018 at 10:14 pm
    McCarron to NE… and pushes Brady out of a job in 2019. You heard it here first.

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    I am thinking the same thing. With Jimmy G gone and possibly the last year Brady plays, he’s worth a look.

  26. McCarron wants to at least compete for a starting job. I know they gave Blake Bottles a new contract but if I was McCarron, I would go to Jax, if they are open to letting him compete for the starting job. If not there, I would LOVE to see him in NOLA and have him learn under Brees for a couple of years.

  27. McCarron is a “JAG” (just another guy). He couldn’t unseat a bottom 10 QB in this league (Dalton). The Browns have been the only team to reportedly offer much of anything for him. The Browns didn’t go after him in FA, opting for Tyrod Taylor.

    He’s a guy that will be out of a starting job by mid season when coaches start playing their first round QBs. He should look to be backup on a team with either a weak starter (Bengals/Jags) or an old starter (Patriots/Saints). His agent should have had him in Denver to take decent money before the Broncos overpaid for Case Keenum.

    I just don’t see it with him.

  28. Bills will pay no more than 10 mil to test drive AJ. He’s proven nothing yet and Bills will move up to get a top 3 draft QB anyway. Worst that could happen for Buffalo is to lose a bunch of games with Peterman at QB and have another massive draft haul next year. Bills have already proven they can win with garbage QB play. Trust the process…

  29. What has AJ done to make people believe he’s some hidden gem at QB? He had a solid fill-in for Dalton the year that the Bengals had an absolutely fantastic receiving trio. It’s not like he was elevating the talent around him as Cousins and even Keenum were able to do at times. I guess he deserves a shot to compete but it seems like teams are worried about paying the next Matt Flynn all over again

  30. Go as the backup for Bradford, you’ll be playing within 4 games and you can do the same a Kenum!

  31. McCarron should be begging to sign a one year deal in Buffalo, perfect scenario to prove himself for that long term fat contract.

  32. Not sure why anyone ever thought he was going to be getting huge money considering how many QB’s were available in free agency and how few positions were actually open. He’ll end up somewhere and will probably start but it’ll definitely be as a bridge QB to a team drafting one. He hasn’t done anything to earn a long term spot.

  33. As a Bengals fan, I’ve seen every game including pre-season he has played. He is not good at all!!!
    He does not deserve a big contract. I credit all other teams for recognizing this. All FA’s that are signed are better and have more starting experience. He makes me appreciate Dalton!

  34. Dalton’s play didn’t regress last year. He had a really good year. You obviously didn’t watch him (or stat him).

  35. thetooloftools says:
    March 13, 2018 at 10:51 pm
    Imagine if Drew Bledsoe had never gotten injured in New England. That little 6th round draft pick did pretty well for himself. He only became the best QB ever. Yea, Michigan never produced great QB’s. and Bama gave us Namath and Stabler.
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    Bama gave the NFL Bart Starr – probably the best QB to come out of that school. Ever. 5 world championships, including 2 super bowls and he called his own plays. Namath is one of the, if not the, most undeserving entries in the HOF.

    As to AJ being a backup in MN. No way Min brings him in. The last thing they need is their 80 million dollar guaranteed QB beaten out for a starting position by a Bengals back up.

  36. As a 5th rounder, he hasn’t made much money in his career. I’d sign the biggest deal available for a 1 or 2 year commitment. I know he’s a fiery competitor that wants to play, but there’s literally one place left that needs a starting QB and they’ll be drafting one anyway. Go get paid, or go backup Brady in NE.

  37. thetooloftools says:
    March 13, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Imagine if Drew Bledsoe had never gotten injured in New England. That little 6th round draft pick did pretty well for himself. He only became the best QB ever. Yea, Michigan never produced great QB’s. and Bama gave us Namath and Stabler.

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    Bart Starr went to BAMA also.

  38. whatjusthapped says:
    March 13, 2018 at 10:03 pm
    If he signed with the Vikings, he would automatically be the best QB on the roster. But much like last year’s best QB on the Viking’s roster, he will sit behind the stater.
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    Actually the Packers make sense, It was painfully obvious Hunley is not the answer as Backup, also Rodgers shoulder is a ticking time bomb to get shattered again. Like it or not 2 broken bones on the same shoulder with his line….yikes. Vikings learned their lesson, and dumped one lazy QB Keenum, one who gets hurt carrying in his groceries, Bradford, and one who is all heart but was never a great QB to begin with Bridgewater.

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