Browns, Bengals Fail to Agree to AJ McCarron Trade

Browns, Bengals Fail to Agree to AJ McCarron Trade

Browns, Bengals Fail to Agree to AJ McCarron Trade

A proposed trade between the Browns and Bengals for Cincinnati's backup quarterback A.J. McCarron was not completed in time Tuesday prior to the NFL's trade deadline passing. McCarron. According to Schefter, the deal was "close" but ultimately could not be finalized.

Browns coach Hue Jackson reportedly wanted Jimmy Garoppolo, who was dealt to the 49ers on Monday, and presumably was a driver in a bid for McCarron after coaching him for two years with the Bengals. The Bengals sent the trade information to the National Football League, while the Browns did not.

Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Bengals were set to receive a 2018 second and a third-round pick in the lost deal.

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So, for now, McCarron - a former Alabama star - is stuck backing up Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. He completed 66.4 percent of his passes in seven appearances during the 2015 regular season, throwing for six touchdowns and two interceptions. The three now know the team doesn't view them as starting caliber.

The bigger storyline undoubtedly comes on Cleveland's side. The Browns are casting a wide net at quarterback, but continue to lack decisiveness as they search for an answer under center. Quarterbacks DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan are still on the team's roster.

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