NFL Free Agency may be a month away, but there has already been a really interesting twist to the market for free agent quarterbacks. McCarron made just $735,000 in the final year of his rookie deal this past season.
McCarron was drafted in the fifth-round (164th overall) of the 2014 draft by the Bengals.
His almost-certain exit further cements Andy Dalton as the starting quarterback for the Bengals, but that was probably already done when Lewis was retained as coach again in January. The Bengals did not activate him from the NFI list until December 9 of his rookie year, which did not give McCarron enough time to earn an accrued season (six regular-season games on the 53-man roster). Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and now the Browns have the opportunity to acquire McCarron for nothing more than cash.
As of Thursday, we now know that he's going to have a chance to maximize his value in a world where demand for what he does always outpaces supply. Doing so would be one less team for the Bills to compete with.
After spending the first four seasons of his National Football League career with the Cincinnati Bengals, the former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback is slated to hit the free agent market for the first time this offseason. McCarron started three games in 2015, leading Cincinnati to a 2-1 record.
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There remain questions about McCarron's arm strength, and his struggles in Cincinnati once teams got tape on him. He has not started a game since. With his unrestricted free agency, McCarron automatically becomes one of the more coveted backup plans for the teams that are aiming to sign Cousins.
McCarron played two snaps in the 2016 season.
Let's say he does sign in Cleveland - would the Browns then be willing to pass on a quarterback with the first and/or fourth picks in the draft? But the Browns botched the necessary paperwork to complete the transaction before the NFL's trade deadline arrived.
The Browns and Broncos have been rumoured to be interested in signing McCarron, who has thrown for 920 yards with six touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble lost in 11 regular-season starts.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. How many others will go when they get the chance?