Bengals' high asking price makes McCarron trade unlikely
- Reports Tuesday indicated that the Cincinnati Bengals want a first-round pick, “at least,” in trade return for their backup quarterback, AJ McCarron.
- McCarron has played more competitive NFL snaps than fellow backup-come-would-be-trade-bait quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (341 versus 228) with the New England Patriots, so perhaps the Bengals are wise to not be keen to let him leave cheaply.
- A poor playoff showing against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016 put a dent in any hype for McCarron, after three solid starts from Weeks 15 to 17.
- Over the final four weeks of the regular season, McCarron ranked second in the NFL with an adjusted completion percentage of 81.4 percent, but like his grade, that took a serious hit in the playoff game against the Steelers.
- He struggled throwing the ball downfield in 2015, completing just nine of the 24 passes traveling 20-plus yards in the air, but impressed in the 10- to 19-yard range, where he went 18-for-23 with four touchdowns and no interceptions.