By Chris Roling
The hype train connecting the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron isn’t slowing down.
McCarron, freed from the Bengals after winning a grievance overseen by an independent arbitrator, seems destined to join the Browns — the team that failed to trade for him at last year’s deadline.
Even Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas thinks the pairing is inevitable, according to ESPN’s Jason Gibbs:
#Browns LT Joe Thomas at The National Football Foundation Annual Awards Banquet: If I had to guess who's going to end up with the Browns I'd say AJ McCarron is probably the front runner. Also mentions Keenum, Bradford or even trading for Nick Foles.
— Jason Gibbs (@BGSUGibbs) March 7, 2018
And right on cue, even MMQB’s Peter King has heard the Cleveland front office “is still exceedingly interested in signing free-agent quarterback A.J. McCarron after the trade-deadline-day debacle last fall … and then backstopping him with a rookie quarterback in the draft. I’m hearing that’s coach Hue Jackson’s preference, having coached McCarron in Cincinnati as Bengals offensive coordinator.”
McCarron has been quite open about fit, not money, being his main driving motivation in where he chooses to play after hitting the open...