AJ McCarron

#5 QB / Cincinnati Bengals / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 215 lb Age: 27 College: Alabama Bye 6

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  • Bengals' AJ McCarron: Still unlikely to be traded
    By RotoWire Staff

    The Bengals aren't willing to trade McCarron for anything less than a first-round pick, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Head coach Marvin Lewis said last month a trade is unlikely, as the Bengals seemingly value McCarron more than any other team does. The 26-year-old quarterback did a nice job filling in for an injured Andy Dalton late in the 2015 season, but he wasn't so impressive as to justify parting ways with a first-round pick. McCarron's value does get a boost from the possibility his 2014 campaign won't count as an accrued season, which would allow the team to keep him on his rookie contract through 2018. The 2014 fifth-round selection was on the Non-Football Injury list until Week 14 as a rookie while he recovered from a lingering shoulder issue he suffered before joining the team. McCarron doesn't expect to get a decision on the contract issue until next year, and he said he's at peace with his current situation in Cincinnati, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. While he'd probably prefer to be traded to a team which would give him a shot at the starting job, he still reported for the start of the Bengals' offseason program.

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  • Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the team hasn't received any offers for McCarron and doesn't plan to seek out a trade, the team's official website reports. "AJ McCarron is a valuable member of our football team," Lewis said. "No one has asked to trade him. We're not going to go out and seek a trade for AJ McCarron. He's a valuable member of the team. We've said that how many times?" There seems to be a general understanding around the league that the Bengals want more in return for McCarron than what anyone is willing to pay, though it isn't out of the question that a team like Cleveland or Houston could come up with a surprisingly strong offer if they miss out on other targets in free agency and/or the draft. McCarron does have experience working with Browns head coach Hue Jackson, who served as Cincinnati's offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015. The Browns also have an impressive stockpile of draft picks -- including three of the first 33 selections in the upcoming draft -- but they'd probably prefer to use one of those on a young quarterback rather than trading it for the 26-year-old McCarron. Another year as Andy Dalton's backup is likely in the cards.

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  • McCarron's trade value could increase if the Patriots are not willing to trade Jimmy Garappolo, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Garoppolo is the obvious target for any franchise seeking a young backup quarterback, but the Patriots may be asking for a price beyond what other teams are willing to pay. While McCarron could likely be had for a lesser bounty, Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin made it clear the team still values its 26-year-old backup, who filled in capably for an injured Andy Dalton late in the 2015 season. A 2014 fifth-round selection, McCarron is currently slated to become a restricted free agent in 2018, but an unresolved contract issue could push that back to 2019, which would further increase his trade value.

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  • Bengals' AJ McCarron: Solid in preseason debut
    By RotoWire Staff

    McCarron completed 11-of-16 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings. The former Alabama quarterback is a clear second to Andy Dalton on Cincinnati's depth chart. He looked impressive in a late second quarter touchdown drive, but is unlikely to see meaningful regular season action unless Dalton gets injured.

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  • McCarron completed 23 of 41 passes for 231 yards with a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 18-16 Wild Card loss to the Steelers. He also gained nine yards on five carries and had three fumbles, losing one and recovering one. While the rookie's final stat line certainly looked respectable, McCarron had a diffcult time holding on to the football throughout the game. He fumbled on successive plays early in the second quarter, with the first miscue the result of a mishandled exchange and the second turnover caused by a Cameron Heyward sack. The third time McCarron was separated from the ball did result in a turnover, with defensive lineman Cam Thomas picking up the ball after it was jarred loose by Jarvis Jones. McCarron's interception came on a badly underthrown pass intended for Marvin Jones in the latter stages of the second quarter that was snagged by the Steelers' Antwan Blake. While the Alabama product certainly gave the Bengals reason for optimism in his four starts in Andy Dalton's stead to finish out the regular season, he was unable to come close to matching the efficiency he'd shown in his 280-yard, two-touchdown effort versus Pittsburgh in his first career start on Dec. 13. He misfired on multiple throws to A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert under what admittedly adverse weather conditions, and was generally unable to exploit what had been a highly vulernable Steelers secondary. His clutch fourth-quarter touchdown pass to A.J. Green was a notable exception however, with McCarron rifling a bullet to Green at the Steelers' two-yard line that the star receiver was able to carry into the end zone. While Dalton's thumb should be at full health entering offseason workouts, McCarron undeniably gained invaluable experience with his stint of regular-season starts and one playoff game.

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