Bengals beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski update from Paul Brown Stadium in the aftermath of the Bengals non-trade of AJ McCarron to the Cleveland Browns.
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AJ McCarron first thought he might be taking snaps in a different uniform in the 2016 season following his relief performance for the Cincinnati Bengals at the end of 2015. He thought the same thing prior to the 2017 season.
Now, it’s a reality as The Enquirer confirmed the Buffalo Bills have signed McCarron to a 2-year deal.
McCarron backed up Andy Dalton since 2015 on a full-time basis after missing most of his rookie year due to a shoulder injury. That 2014 season and how the Bengals handled him was the subject of a grievance over the past year which McCarron won on Feb. 15, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The Bengals agreed to trade him to Cleveland on Oct. 31 for 2018 second- and third-round draft picks, but the Browns did not file the paperwork properly. Now, the Bengals are going to receive a singular 2019 compensatory selection.
The Bengals currently have Jeff Driskel under contract to back up Dalton, but he is recovering from a broken left arm suffered in the final week of the regular season when he was playing wide receiver on the scout team.
Cincinnati will no doubt add two quarterbacks this offseason, either through the draft, free agency or both, to handle the workload through voluntary workouts and mini-camps from April through June.