Rumors have been floating around the NFL that the Cincinnati Bengals are looking to trade backup AJ McCarron. The story started May 7, when it was reported that McCarron’s value may increase if Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garappolo stays home. Garappolo ended up signing a contract extension with the Patriots. But as time more information appeared to leak. In April, Ian Rapoport stated that the Bengals were willing to trade McCarron if they received a first round pick in return.
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News was quiet for awhile after head coach Marvin Lewis said he had no intentions of wanting McCarron traded. However, fast forward to August and AJ began making headlines again. Radio host Sandy Clough came out and stated that the Broncos and the Bengals are looking to make a trade regarding McCarron.
Broncos’ general manager John Elway was less than pleased when their franchise was attached to the rumors. Elway quickly took to Twitter to refute the claim. He stated that the rumor was false, hoping to end any questions or concerns fans from both sides had.
New information is surfacing that the Bengals were given an offer for McCarron. Albert Breer of The MMQB states that the Bengals were offered a second round tender for the backup quarterback during the offseason. However, no team has been mentioned, and no general manager has been public about this.
In the end, should the Bengals trade McCarron? No. McCarron is a top five backup in the NFL. While rare, Andy Dalton has had to leave games due to injury and when McCarron has come in, he has been able to step up and lead the team to victory. The Bengals need that type of insurance if they are going to make a playoff run. Getting draft picks for next year is great. However, third string quarterback Jeff Driskel is not at the same level as McCarron and he’s fighting for a roster spot right now. Until there is an official report made by the Bengals front office, consider everything regarding a McCarron trade to be false.