Report: Patriots offered a deal to A.J. McCarron

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Quarterback A.J. McCarron may finally have an offer, even if it’s not the one many thought he might find this week.

According to Kirk Minihane of WEEI, the Patriots have made a contract offer to the Bengals backup.

It’s unclear if that offer is substantial or a fishing expedition, but it’s interesting that they want to find a certain grade of backup to 40-year-old Tom Brady.

After trading away Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo last year, the Patriots signed Brian Hoyer to a three-year deal to stand behind Brady because he knew what to do.

But McCarron’s a younger option, and although he hasn’t had much of a chance to show it on the field (he’s thrown seven passes in the last two years), there are people who think he might be a better option.

41 responses to “Report: Patriots offered a deal to A.J. McCarron

  1. I like it, my player comp for McCarron coming out of college was Brady and his game manager like play style reminds me of how Brady played when he first became the Patriots starter. Now McCarron has the opportunity to play behind and learn from 2 of the all time greats, hope it works out for him.

  2. kamthechancellor says:
    March 14, 2018 at 8:24 am
    Someone in that organization is thinking post Brady
    =====
    And that time will be a lot sooner than later.

    Brady felt threatened by Jimmy so he demanded his trade to Kraft… and now it looks Coach Belichick gets the last laugh.

    Hey Tom. Tick tick tick tick tick….

  3. hashfest says:
    March 14, 2018 at 8:32 am
    Bye Brady?!?

    You mean MVP Brady
    =========
    I mean 41 year old Brady.

    Favre didn’t finish the season at 41 after having an MVPish year himself at 40. Now Brady is 41 this year. Hmmm.

    Brady is done in NE very soon. AJ nudges him out the door and Coach Belichick gives him a kick on the way out.

  4. .
    It’s an astute move by the QB needy Patriots. For McCarron it may prove worthwhile to learn behind Brady and McDaniels Even if the Patriots had to begin the season with three QBs, McCarron would be attractive trade bait once another team’s starting QB went down.
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  5. He’ll play one spare game in NE and the NFL world will pronounce
    He’s the next superstar of the league.

  6. I should be noted that Minihane has fewer sources in Foxboro than Ron Borges. That would put in negative numbers. 😉 So the veracity of the story should be taken with more than a grain of salt.

    That being said, Bringing in a young vet QB who has shown potential makes sense. Trying to draft one, especially where the Pats usually draft is a real hit or miss exercise, with more misses than hits.

    If he doesn’t have an offer to start, it WOULD make some sense to go and be a back-up on a better team. But I doubt it would because it would mean him being a back up for another 2 years….at least.

  7. hashfest says:
    March 14, 2018 at 8:32 am
    Bye Brady?!?

    You mean MVP Brady

    No, we mean over 40 Brady who had a noodle arm just a couple years ago and now suddenly is throwing bullets like a 20 year old. But yah…its avocado ice cream. Love that the same Patriots fans out there who were all over Peyton Manning about HGH and what not don’t see the parallels with what is going on with the “TB12” method.

  8. Use your heads. NE has signaled they are not looking for a project QB to learn behind a 41 year old Tom Brady. They are looking for a guy to step in and play immediately. That should tell you how much time Brady has left.

    If Brady doesn’t want to leave NE will send him packing.

    If it’s AJ- good on him and good on NE. They’ll be pleasantly surprised by him in my opinion,

  9. The eagles won the super bowl because they had a quality back up. The Cardinals a few years ago could have won the super bowl but had Ryan Lindley. AJ would still give the Patriots a chance if Brady went down this would be a smart move.

  10. This would be a very good move for both of them.

    I was hoping a team would take a chance on McCarron.

    He could be a good NFL QB. I hope he gets a chance soon.

  11. lol couple more years? didn’t you see his interview, Geisile put the foot down this is his last season

    norrismen17 says:
    March 14, 2018 at 8:15 am
    That is such a Patriots move. TB12 is closer to the end. A couple more years and things could look very different.

  12. ” Love that the same Patriots fans out there who were all over Peyton Manning about HGH and what not don’t see the parallels with what is going on with the “TB12” method.”

    Manning – Had HGH delivered to himself in HIS WIFE’S NAME, owned a number of low-quality pizza restaurants, never labeled as a workout warrior.

    Brady – Workout regimen designed to combat aging (pliability), lives a fitness-based lifestyle including specialized bedroom, notoriously strict dietary plan that avoids processed foods, sugars and freakin’ STRAWBERRIES.

    One of these things is NOT like the other…

  13. If you’re going to be a back-up, you might it might as well be the Patriots. They are among the first people called when their QB gets hurt.

    Brady will hit a wall. I played touch-tackle and the wall was age 41. Then you just feel it as the season goes on, that it’s your last. Like your mind is saying go and your legs are saying please, no more.

    Could be this year or next or who knows. But the odds of him playing past this year are modest, in my mind. 2 years (total of 3 more) slim to none.

    I’d sign a 1 year deal if I were McCarron. Otherwise, I’d sit out and wait for the inevitable.

  14. If the money is fair, he should take whatever the Patriots give him if there were no other guaranteed starting jobs out there. Think about how good Brady’s backups have looked in that system. I’m not saying Brady is a system QB, I believe he would have been exposed a long time ago if he were, but I do think that the team is set up for a backup to succeed. If that leads to him being the future QB of the Patriots, or turning it around for deal like Cassel or Jimmy G got, then even better.

  15. McCarron should jump on this if the contract is even close to competitive for a backup QB. To learn under Brady and Belicheck with the opportunity to be TB’s heir apparent is not an opportunity offered to just anyone.

    Of course, the Patriots know he has very little leverage at this point so I’m sure they will make the lowest offer they feel they can get away with.

  16. “Favre didn’t finish the season at 41 after having an MVPish year himself at 40. Now Brady is 41 this year. Hmmm.”

    Favre didn’t have the desire to compete past 40. He barely had enough to show up for that last season if you’ll remember. He was already done mentally and no longer wanted to put in the off-season work (he said it many times). Brady on the other hand treats his body like a temple and lives/breathes to practice. Does all this mean Brady will make it past 41? Who knows? But he’s certainly trying harder than Favre ever did.

  17. I think the Patriots are trolling the rest of the league, to see who gets jumpy enough to overpay this guy to keep him away from NE

  18. “Bye Brady.”

    Yeah, if they sign a largely untested, backup QB, it means the end of the guy who led the league in passing last year, was #3 in completions of 20+ yards in the air and #1 in completions of 40+ yards in the air.

    SMH its a good thing you have nothing to do with actual NFL rosters.

  19. Excellent move. Find a player who has never won a playoff game to play for a team that can no longer win a Superbowl.

  20. I would like to see the Bears sign McCarron as their backup QB. He is much more qualified than Chase Daniels who is rumored to be the Bears backup.

  21. kcflake says:

    March 14, 2018 at 9:34 am

    I’m surprised Arizona or the Jets didn’t sign Mccarron. He is likely better than anything those teams have at qb.

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    Honestly, I would rather have taken a chance with McCarron than signing Case Keenum. Keenum is a known quantity. McCarron might be a star. But, he might bust. Id take the chance if it were me.

  22. Braz says:

    March 14, 2018 at 8:39 am

    hashfest says:
    March 14, 2018 at 8:32 am
    Bye Brady?!?

    You mean MVP Brady
    =========
    I mean 41 year old Brady.

    Favre didn’t finish the season at 41 after having an MVPish year himself at 40. Now Brady is 41 this year. Hmmm.

    Brady is done in NE very soon. AJ nudges him out the door and Coach Belichick gives him a kick on the way out.

    =========================================

    Brady hardly has the same wear and tear Farve did at that same point in his career as QBs are even more protected now, Brady doesn’t take as many chances outside the pocket and he takes care of his body better than anyone else.

    And what are you basing the “kick out the door” on? Brady was the MVP last year and has not declined at all. The only step back Brady could take next year is in his supporting cast with Gronk still kind of on the fence and Nate Solder not signed yet to protect him.

    AJ McCarron is not likely to sign there as Buffalo doesn’t a legit starter yet. That is the much better bet for McCarron’s landing spot.

  23. This guy doesn’t want to be a backup any longer. I’m sure there are other teams that would love to try him as a starter. He left the Bengals to be a starter, or at least have a legit competition for the starting job somewhere. The Bills, for example, have no legit starter on their roster. They may draft one but that player won’t be ready to start.

  24. He needs to take the Pats offer. Brady is probably done after 2018 despite what he claims about playing until 45. This might be a blessing in disguise to McCarron.

  25. Pat’s fan here. I hated seeing Garropolo go to the 49ers. I was hoping they would sign him to a contract extension through 2018 with the goal of him battling Brady for the starting job.

    Brady played great for a 40 year old but he missed a lot of practices towards the end of the season. I can’t see this leading to continued success especially if they add new pieces to the offense which they are going to have to do.

    At age 41, it won’t be about his ability to play. It will be about his ability to recover. Sunday may be all system’s go. Monday through Wednesday may not make the games on Sunday worth it.

  26. nflequalswwe says:
    March 14, 2018 at 9:11 am
    Manning – Had HGH delivered to himself in HIS WIFE’S NAME, owned a number of low-quality pizza restaurants, never labeled as a workout warrior.

    Brady – Workout regimen designed to combat aging (pliability), lives a fitness-based lifestyle including specialized bedroom, notoriously strict dietary plan that avoids processed foods, sugars and freakin’ STRAWBERRIES.

    One of these things is NOT like the other…

    ———-

    I’m a huge Patriots fan but even I believe that Italian “vacation” right before returning from a 4 game suspension for Brady was suspicious. You have to be the most naive person on the planet to believe working out with bands, stretching, and special diet is all that there is.

  27. >>steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    March 14, 2018 at 10:16 am
    McCarron is 27 years old and better than most folks realize.

    AJ couldn’t beat out Andy Dalton, who was not very good last year.
    So AJ is going to miraculously become a good QB?
    Waiting to see that happen.

  28. Would like to have seen this happen, good fit for the system. Unfortunately, we’re always the lowest offer. Lets make some moves!

  29. Wouldn’t be a bad move. McCarron has talent and will benefit greatly from a real coaching staff

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