The Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns failed to work out a trade that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to Cleveland, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
According to Schefter, the Bengals notified the league of the proposed trade at 3:55 p.m. ET, and the Browns notified the league shortly after 4 p.m. ET. Because the Browns were late, the league denied the trade. Cleveland protested with the league asking that the trade be approved. The NFL rejected the Browns protest.
The proposed compensation for McCarron would have been a second- and third-round pick in 2018, a source confirmed to Schefter. The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported the compensation.
McCarron has been the subject of trade rumors since the 2016 offseason after he filled in for an injured Andy Dalton and almost led the Bengals to their first playoff win under Marvin Lewis. He completed 66.4 percent of his passes in seven appearances during the 2015 regular season, throwing for six touchdowns and two interceptions. In his lone playoff start, he completed 23-of-41 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Bengals said they would listen to offers for McCarron for the right price, and it seemed almost certain that McCarron would be elsewhere by the time the 2017 season came around. The team claimed quarterback Jeff Driskel off waivers last year with the intention of developing him if they got an acceptable offer for McCarron.
At the end of last season, McCarron expressed his appreciation to the organization, which sounded like he was preparing to say goodbye. However, a trade never materialized, and McCarron once again entered the season as Dalton’s backup. He has taken three snaps in 2017.
McCarron, taken in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, is in the final season of his rookie contract. However, the Bengals could retain his rights next season because he did not spend enough time on the active roster as a rookie to accrue a year toward free agency. An arbitrator will have to decide whether he is a restricted or unrestricted free agent in 2018.
“I am out of carrots. I am out of sticks. The Cleveland Browns front office have time and again proven themselves to be an unmanageable team. I recommend they be removed their position and reassigned to signing minor league baseball players where they belong.” – Jan Levenson’s Recommendation as it applies to the Browns
Of all the Browns things that have ever happened, ever, this is the most Browns. To celebrate a trade you haven’t even made yet, then call in said trade late, get that trade denied by the league, protest that decision and have it unanimously denied by the league again is a special level of incompetent. It borderline needs to be admired. To be THAT bad at your job is unparalleled.
Here’s the other thing: the Browns were about to trade more for AJ McCarron than the 49ers did for Jimmy G. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?? AJ MCCARRON?? That bible thumping, tattoo chested LOSER?? An article I read today said he almost won a playoff game two years ago when Dalton was injured, like that was some sort of fucking accomplishment. He was throwing to AJ Green, Mohammed Sanu, and Tyler Eifert, and still LOST a playoff game.
In Cleveland? He’d be throwing to Ricardo Louis, David Njoku, and Kenny Britt. He couldn’t win a game with this team! NO ONE CAN! For the billionth time, a quarterback can’t solve a problem when your team has ZERO playmakers. LITERALLY NOT ONE!
So all in all, I think the Browns somehow saved themselves by screwing this up. To get rid of two draft picks for this fucking guy
Would be vomit worthy. What hurts though, is that this is a new all time low for an organization who lives to redefine the phrase rock bottom. Do what’s right Sashi and co., and please just cancel the rest of this year for your sake and ours. Draft playmakers in this draft and THEN trade your picks for a sub par QB if you want. But please, for the love of God, avoid doing or saying anything for the rest of this year.