Bengals Won’t Face Penalty Over McCarron

On Thursday, Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron scored two victories against his employer. The most notable, of course, is that he will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The other W came in the way of restitution for the year he spent on the non-football injury (NFI) list. McCarron will recoup his lost salary for that time, but the Bengals will not be fined for the move, Mike Florio of PFT reportsA.J. McCarron (vertical)

The NFL Management Council represented the club in the grievance,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said via email.

When asked whether this means that the league agreed with the team’s decision to place McCarron on the NFI list in 2014, McCarthy responded in the affirmative. McCarron did not agree with the decision, of course, and an arbitrator sided with him against the team.

The Bengals drafted the Alabama product in 2014 and placed him on the NFI list at the start of training camp due to a shoulder injury. McCarron later argued that he was healthy enough to come off of NFI during camp, but the Bengals did not activate him until December of that year. Placing McCarron on the NFI list allowed the Bengals to effectively stash an extra player on the roster and also gave them grounds to argue that he did not accrue a full year of service time that would allow him to reach UFA status in 2018.

McCarron is now set for unfettered free agency, where he figures to make a whole lot more than the one-year, ~$4MM tender he likely would have gotten from the Bengals.

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19 comments on “Bengals Won’t Face Penalty Over McCarron

  1. itslonelyatthetrop

    Oh, they’ll face a big penalty if he goes to Cleveland and has success.

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  2. Polish Hammer

    “team’s decision to place McCarron on the NFI list in 2004,”

    I believe you meant 2014.

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  3. IURULES

    AJ McCarron will not be free agent until after this year of 2018 season and need to play this year and he need be with bengals 4 years to be free agent hope you said to NFL today for me thank you lot to me

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    • Clark K

      What the heck did I just read? Isn’t this the same guy that said McDaniels was still gonna go to Indy after it was reported he backed out?

      I could be wrong but I believe this person is trying to say “he can’t be a free agent because he hasn’t played 4 seasons, he also needs to play for the Bengals.” And I think he wants someone from the site to call “NFL Today” and say hi for him and he’s gonna thank you. Could be wrong

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    • Birdman1182

      I be read this and think to me that me not get you say there so thank you lot to you

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    • kitna44208

      is anyone else laughing uncontrollable at this as much as I am I am sorry but ComeOnMan!!

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      • sufferfortribe
        sufferfortribe

        I am! Surprised it doesn’t contain a link for one of those work at home jobs.

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  4. houstonjon

    From what I can tell IURULES is also the creator of the article.
    “McCarron is now set for unfettered free agency”

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    • Polish Hammer

      They sided with the player they gave him free agency. Every team buries rookies on the injured reserve list kind of like a red shirt season.

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