Quarterback A.J. McCarron is open to being traded by the Cincinnati Bengals in the offseason, according to latest NFL trade rumors. McCarron played just seven games as a back-up behind veteran QB Andy Dalton the past season.
The 26-year-old QB, playing in his second season in the NFL, admitted that he’s in a tough situation in Cincinnati but welcomes any change that allows him to have the opportunity to have more playing time.
A.J. McCarron saying goodbye to Bengals?
“Now, it’s nothing I can do. I try not to worry about it. You’re always [going to] think about it. I’d be lying; whoever told you that I wouldn’t, or if they were going through the same situation, you’re going to think about it,” McCarron stated to Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com.
“Because you want to play as a competitor. I’ll let my agent handle everything and go with whatever he says.”
McCarron was mature in the exit interviews with the Bengals saying he still appreciate what the club has done despite the limited opportunities with the team. He said he won’t hold it against the organization if they decide to trade him to another NFL team.
McCarron is not expected to demand big money in his next contract and that could be attractive to squads looking for help at the QB position without paying much next season. McCarron is set to earn just about $690,000 for the 2017 NFL season.
In seven games the past regular season, A.J. McCarron has registered 854 passing yards on 79 of 119 passes (66.4% completion) with six touchdowns and two interceptions.
The Bengals struggled this season with a 6-9-1 record, a year after they went 12-4 in the regular season.