Bengals Won’t Trade A.J. McCarron

Several teams around the league have question marks under center and it makes sense that Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron could draw interest from rival clubs. Even though there could be interest in the Bengals backup, coach Marvin Lewis told PFT’s Mike Florio the team isn’t interested in trading Andy Dalton‘s understudy. A.J. McCarron (vertical)

McCarron, 26 in September, filled in for Dalton to close out the 2015 regular season. From weeks 13 through 16, McCarron completed 66.1% of his passes with six touchdowns and two interceptions before suffering a left wrist injury. The right-handed QB toughed it out to return for the playoffs where the Bengals narrowly lost to the Steelers in the opening round. The Alabama product did not look like a world-beater while he was filling in for Dalton, but he did do a capable job.

After losing Dalton last year, Lewis understands the importance of having a solid No. 2 quarterback on the roster. By the same token, it’s hard to imagine McCarron having any type of “untouchable” status. If a QB-needy team makes a strong offer, we’d expect the Bengals to consider it.

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