A.J. McCarron trade isn't something the Bills' GM regrets
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A.J. McCarron trade isn’t something the Bills’ GM regrets

A.J. McCarron, Raiders

Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane couldn’t pull the trigger on trades at the deadline, but he doesn’t regret moving A.J. McCarron to the Oakland Raiders.

The Bills have had some serious health issues at the quarterback position. McCarron was considered their top option, and Nathan Peterman was promoted to first-string when he departed. Peterman’s lackluster performance got him benched for rookie Josh Allen, who turned out to be the best they’ve had this season. However, Allen went down with an elbow injury that he’s still recovering from. After Allen went down, the team signed former Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson. The Bills were dominated with Anderson at the helm, and now he’s questionable for Week 9. Nevertheless, Beane stands by his early-season decision to kick A.J. McCarron to the curb.

“I don’t regret (it). You don’t have a crystal ball for everything,” Beane told the Buffalo News. “If I knew we were going to have these injuries, yeah, because he was a guy that was here for the offseason. But you can’t predict (injuries) when you put the roster together. We could have a run of injuries at another position that we let a guy go who had talent, and you say, ‘Man, I wish we had that guy that we let go, because who we’re at now in October and November is not as talented as the guy we let go then’.”

A.J. McCarron got some play for the Raiders in garbage time on Thursday, and he didn’t look good in the limited amount of snaps he got. He fumbled his first snap and failed to convert a quarterback sneak on fourth down. It’s safe to say Allen is still the team’s best option, and they’ll have to put together some kind of ragtag lineup until he can return.