Could A.J. McCarron Be The Next Bengals Off-Season Move?

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron (5) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron (5) throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Bengals have insisted over and over again that they will not be dealing A.J. McCarron, but their offseason actions suggest otherwise.

The Bengals were one of the teams that tried to claim Zach Mettenberger after the Titans released him. Why? The Bengals aren’t done this offseason, that’s why. This move, along with some of the other low-key moves the Bengals are making this offseason, lead me to believe that they are still open to dealing A.J. Mccarron.

I know the Bengals have maintained that trading Mccarron isn’t an option, but quarterback is the most important position on an NFL team and there are still teams out there that need one. When the Bengals put a claim for Mettenberger that meant, to me, that they are still willing to deal Mccarron.

Mccarron is the biggest piece the Bengals’ possesses in order to make a big deal. The 49ers, Jets, and Broncos are still shaky at the quarterback position, and now that the draft and free agency is done, may be willing to talk to the Bengals again about the price of Mccarron. This puts the Bengals in a great position.

Mettenberger was the “big” name the Bengals attempted to sign. I use the term “big” very loosely there. Keep in mind, they also had rookie-undrafted free agent Matt Johnson at the time. Johnson has since been released, but has been replaced by another quarterback, Joe Licata. The Bengals still have Keith Wenning on the roster, too.

It’s looks to me that the Bengals are gearing up just in case the case the right deal gets put on the table for the services of A.J. Mccarron. I trust the Bengals in the offseason to make the best moves to better this team. Their track history gives me no reason not to.

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