Rumor: Bengals could deal McCarron for Jets’ Pro-Bowler
Free agency is in full swing, and the Cincinnati Bengals, as usual, are very quiet signing players. Cincinnati retained wide receiver Brandon LaFell but watched as the Rams and Browns swiped Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler, respectively.
One Bengal that isn’t a question in free agency is quarterback A.J. McCarron. He is still under contract for another year, but trade rumors have been circulating everywhere for the backup signal-caller.
Free agent quarterbacks have been flying around the league in the last 48 hours. Here’s what you missed:
Mike Glennon: signed with Bears
Brock Osweiler: traded to Browns along with second-round pick
Tyrod Taylor: re-signed by Buffalo
Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo may not be on the trading block after all and Tony Romo‘s landing spot will likely be Houston or Denver.
News about A.J. McCarron has died down, though. But one rumor came from David Wyatt of SB Nation, claiming the Bengals could ship McCarron to the New York Jets.
“Trading Sheldon Richardson to the #Bengals with AJ McCarron coming back in a certain package to the #Jets has some legs to it. #Jetup #NYJ” — @DavidWyattNFL
New York is looking for stability at the quarterback position. Ryan Fitzpatrick was a one-year wonder, throwing 17 interceptions in 14 games last season. Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty remain on the roster, but Gang Green appears to be searching for something better.
Petty threw seven interceptions to just three touchdowns last season and Hackenberg doesn’t seem to have starting quarterback potential.
The Jets have also shown interest in former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who was released earlier today.
Said rumor involves Jets’ defensive end Sheldon Richardson coming to the Queen City. Richardson was the 13th overall pick in 2013 and was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He followed that up with a Pro-Bowl bid in 2014.
In four season with the Jets, Richardson had 18 sacks to go with five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Last year, Richardson posted a grade of 80.5 — the lowest of his career– and finished tied for fifth among edge rushers against the run at 87.9.
Reports claimed the Jets were looking to deal Richardson for a third-round pick. However, a potential star quarterback with a resume filled with success could do the trick.