Bengals and Browns tried, but failed, to complete trade for QB AJ McCarron before deadline, per sources. Deal was “close”; not finalized.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017
Bengals and Browns actually agreed to AJ McCarron trade at 3:55 pm, per source involved. Bengals approved trade to NFL, Browns did not.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017
Why did the deal not get finalized? Well, according to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, the Browns were celebrating the trade - and forgot to call in to finalize the deal.
Grossi says that apparently the Browns were celebrating their trade and forgot to call in the deal before the deadline...— Aaron Goldhammer (@HammerNation19) October 31, 2017
Me: Why didn't this deal get done??— Aaron Goldhammer (@HammerNation19) October 31, 2017
Grossi: Somebody forgot to call it in
It's unknown what Cleveland has willing to offer for McCarron, but Cincinnati wanted at least a second-round pick when they shopped McCarron in the offseason.
The Browns have shown interest in trading for a quarterback for over a year. They first expressed slim interest in Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and then were linked several times to Jimmy Garoppolo. However, the Patriots traded Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers yesterday.
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Browns head coach Hue Jackson was the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati during McCarron's first two seasons in the NFL and appears interested in working with him again. McCarron is set to be a free agent after the season.
McCarron appeared in seven games - including three starts - in 2015 for the Bengals, throwing for 854 yards with six touchdowns and just two interceptions.Back to the Cleveland Browns Newsfeed