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Browns, Bengals Fail to Agree to AJ McCarron Trade

Browns, Bengals Fail to Agree to AJ McCarron Trade

Rarely do you see trades between two teams in the same division, but Browns head coach Hue Jackson was clearly enamored with McCarron after serving as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati from 2014-to-15.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals attempted to finish a trade that would've sent Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron to Cleveland, but despite believing they filed before the deadline, the National Football League turned it down.

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The Browns were reportedly sending the Bengals a 2018 second and third round pick for the quarterback and then they remembered they were the Browns and good things aren't allowed to happen to them. McCarron from the Bengals to the Browns broke on Tuesday, word was that the two sides came "close" to agreeing on the deal but couldn't get it finalized before the deadline.

To make matters worse, a follow up from Schefter would reveal that the Bengals had submitted the trade on time, meaning responsibility for the missed opportunity rested exclusively on the shoulders of the Cleveland franchise. It's the first we've heard of McCarron since August, where his name was a mainstay in trade rumors. In his lone playoff start, he completed 23-of-41 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He has not taken a snap this season. 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.