Everyone is keeping their eyes on AJ McCarron as his hearing is Feb. 15 , 2018. In McCarron’s rookie year he was put on the non-football injury list due to shoulder issues. He was placed on the roster in Dec. of 2014. He needed to be on the active roster for 6 games to have that year eligible for Free Agency. So AJ put together a grievance to remove himself from being a restricted free agent and become an unrestricted free agent.
If McCarron stays a restricted free agent then the Bengals can place a tender and the team that wants his services would have to pay the Bengals a draft pick for the tender the Bengals picked. Still the front running team that wants McCarron is the Browns that wanted a trade before the trade deadline but didn’t get the details in on time. the trade was for a 2nd and 3rd draft pick for 2018.
If McCarron becomes an unrestricted free agent then the Bengals don’t get anything out of it and the Browns can just pick him up.
There is also rumor that some members of the head office isn’t happy with Andy Dalton’s production. It is known the faulty offensive line has plenty to do with that but nonetheless he could be on the hot seat if no one takes McCarron if he stays restricted. The Bengals would have Dalton fight for his job. If McCarron wins the job, they can cut Dalton since he isn’t owed any guaranteed money and save with the small contract the Bengals would pay McCarron to start.
So to sum things up:
- McCarron becomes an unrestricted free agent say goodbye and have nothing to show for it.
- McCarron stays a restricted free agent and the Bengals can get a first or second round tender but if no one picks him up because of the wrong tender choice the Bengals would sign him for a small contract and have Dalton fight for his job.
Now the question is if he stays a restricted free agent, What tender should the Bengals put on McCarron? Please comment!!!