QB AJ McCarron to hit free agency | What it means for Jets

Nov 12 2017 Nashville TN USA Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ Mc Carron warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

"But Cincinnati didn't add McCarron to its active roster until December 9, meaning it was too late for him to accrue a season toward his free agency".

The decision to keep McCarron on the NFI list to start the 2014 season came from Dr. Marc Galloway, who ultimately admitted that he kept McCarron on the NFI list not because Dr. Galloway believed McCarron couldn't play football as of September 2014, but because Dr. Galloway "did not think it was in [McCarron's] best long-term interest to play football in September". McCarron was originally expected to be a restricted free agent, but that all changed when an arbitrator ruled in his favor in his grievance case against the Bengals.

McCarron was drafted in the fifth-round (164th overall) of the 2014 draft by the Bengals. The Broncos had previously been linked to Kirk Cousins, another talented quarterback who has 57 starts compared to just three for McCarron.

McCarron has contended several times that he wants to be a starter, and initially thought he could be traded before the 2017 season.

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There's no debating that this is one of the most interesting offseasons in terms of quarterbacks. And the #Bengals need a new backup. That didn't happen, but he was just minutes away from being traded to the Cleveland Browns later that fall. The Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos or New York Jets could fill its QB slot with a four-year National Football League veteran and use its draft choice on a potential 10-year starter and future Pro Bowler at less risky position than quarterback. The Bengals drafted him to be Dalton's backup, and he rarely played except in the preseason. "That's all I want". McCarron entered that game and spent the rest of the season as the Bengals' quarterback. But Jackson's warm embrace didn't go unnoticed - especially once the duo was joined by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.

McCarron has been heavily linked to the Cleveland Browns, as their head coach Hue Jackson was McCarron's offensive coordinator in that 2015 season. Driskel hasn't played in a regular season game during his two seasons in Cincinnati. In his career, McCarron has passed for 920 yards and six touchdowns on a career completion percentage of 66.4 per cent.

McCarron appeared in 11 games for the Bengals during his four seasons.

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