Browns news: Ineptness at trade deadline cost Cleveland AJ McCarron
According to multiple reports, the Cleveland Browns had a deal set with the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire quarterback AJ McCarron, but the the former National Football League franchise got in its own way.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bengals and Browns agreed to the trade at 3:55 p.m. The Bengals notified the NFL of the trade prior to the deadline. The Browns did not. For those unaware, the trade deadline was at 4:00.
Cleveland notified the NFL after the deadline passed. The Browns made a last-ditch effort at resurrecting the trade but the NFL rejected them, via Schefter.
For what it is worth, this might actually be a blessing in disguise for the Browns. Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Bengals were set to receive a 2018 second- and a third-round pick in the lost deal.
That is a ton of quality picks for a guy who no one knows how good he actually is. While AJ McCarron has shown flashes of solid play when given a chance, given what the market has been for quarterbacks, the Browns were willing to give up more for him than what it cost them to get current quarterback DeShone Kizer.
Nevertheless, it is likely good that Cleveland got in its own way. There’s probably a better than decent chance Hue Jackson won’t be there for much longer, and it appears as though he is a larger part of the problem than the quarterback situation.
No sense on selling the farm for a coach who no longer needs to be there.