Bengals QB A.J. McCarron Open to Potential Trade, Chance at Starting Role

After not taking a single snap in the 2016 NFL season, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron is reportedly open to a trade, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Bengals defeated the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday 27-10 to improve their record to 6-9-1 on the year, and after the game McCarron allegedly looked “like a man saying his goodbyes.” The Enquirer is also reporting that McCarron embraced with a Bengals staffer member “just in case” a trade does indeed happen.

“I definitely wouldn’t be distraught at all,” McCarron said when asked how he’d feel about a trade from the Bengals. “Like I told Marvin (Lewis) and all my coaches in my exit meetings, I appreciate everybody in this organization. I really do. From the bottom of my heart. They gave me a chance when a lot of people wouldn’t. They all treated me unbelievably and I really do care for every one of ‘em and respect all ‘em. This place will always have a special place in my heart just for what they’ve done for me. I really appreciated it.”

Around this time last year, McCarron was getting ready to start a playoff game for the Bengals after Andy Dalton was deemed unable to return for the Bengals after a thumb injury. McCarron did a well job filling in for Dalton in five games including the playoff start, as he threw 7 touchdowns.

“The coaches know, Marvin knows how big of a competitor I am and I want a chance to play,” said McCarron. “But, if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen. Things I can’t control. I’m not going to put any, what (offensive coordinator Ken Zampese) likes to say, mental units on that because it’s out of my hands.”

The 26-year-old McCarron will enter the 2017 season on the final year of his rookie deal, and will make $735,413 wherever he ends up.

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