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A.J. McCarron signs with Buffalo Bills

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DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback AJ McCarron #5 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws as he warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 19, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback AJ McCarron #5 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws as he warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 19, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Former Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron has finally found a new home for the 2018 season.

Cincinnati Bengals former quarterback A.J. McCarron has finally found a new home with the Buffalo Bills on a two-year deal, $10 million with $6.5 million upsides based on playing time. It was just this morning I was saying in my McCarron update article that Buffalo would be the best fit for McCarron as it was the only spot left with a starting spot. It will allow McCarron to go in and get some valuable starting experience while the team tries to draft their future quarterback.

McCarron wanted a longterm deal and was opposed to being a bridge quarterback but with the colossal of quarterbacks that were on the market, that dream didn’t come true. This gives him the chance to start for the Bills in 2018 and prove that he is worthy of that long-term deal. The Bills traded their starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns last week.

There was a rumor that the New England Patriots had offered McCarron a contract but he would most certainly be sitting behind star veteran quarterback Tom Brady if he accepted. Buffalo will most likely move up in the draft again with their two first-round picks, one acquired from Cincinnati and the other from Kansas City last year but still have a great deal of picks to build around McCarron in 2018.

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Expect for McCarron to start in 2018 while the team develops a rookie quarterback to take over the following year. If McCarron plays well in his first real chance to start for a full season, he could find himself in a much better position come 2019 free agency.

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