Report: Hue Jackson, Ken Zampese lobbied for AJ McCarron

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The Cleveland Browns were the long-assumed leader for free agent quarterback AJ McCarron before they traded for Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

For the second time in less than a year, head coach Hue Jackson has been denied his former quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals. According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese and Jackson were both lobbying for the team to sign McCarron in free agency.

"There’s been a widespread expectation that the Bengals' free-agent backup would join up with former Bengals coaches Hue Jackson and Ken Zampese in Cleveland. Jackson and Zampese had lobbied for McCarron, according to sources familiar with the Browns’ plans, but the front office obviously wasn’t sold and instead acquired Taylor. This doesn’t kill McCarron’s chances of signing somewhere with a chance to be a starter; it just means that place probably won’t be Cleveland," Graziano said.

In a separate report from NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, it was stated that offensive coordinator Todd Haley was more sold on Taylor.

It is certainly interesting that General Manager John Dorsey clearly took the recommendation of Assistant General Manager Eliot Wolf and Vice President of Player Personnel Alonzo Highsmith before trading for cornerback Damarious Randall because of their experience with him in Green Bay. At the same time, it does not sound like Zampese and Jackson's recommendations were taken as seriously.

Winning will cure all but this report is not going to silence the belief that Dorsey wants to bring in his own head coach.

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