Oakland Raiders release quarterback AJ McCarron
The Oakland Raiders have been adding left and right. Whether it’s Trent Brown, Antonio Brown, or Tyrell Williams, Oakland has been making a ton of acquisitions. But today, they’re making some significant cuts. First they cut Jordy Nelson earlier today, and now the team is releasing quarterback A.J. McCarron, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The Raiders traded a fifth round pick for McCarron last year, but are cutting bait after just one season. McCarron came to Oakland from Buffalo, where he had originally signed as a free agent. Once touted as a top backup in the league who had the potential to be a starter somewhere, McCarron had to settle for a two-year $10 million deal with the Bills last offseason.
He was initially slated to start, but then the Bills drafted Josh Allen. McCarron ended up losing the training camp quarterback battle to Allen and Nathan Peterman, so the Bills shipped him out. McCarron, an extremely successful college quarterback at Alabama, got his start in the league with the Bengals.
He looked decent in his handful of starts filling in for an injured Andy Dalton, which caused him to receive a ton of free agency hype. It turned out to be hype, and not much else.
The Raiders don’t currently have much at quarterback after Derek Carr. The only other signal caller on the roster is, funnily enough, Peterman. After Peterman was cut loose by the Bills, he ended up being signed to Oakland’s practice squad. The Raiders have been rumored to be looking at passers in this upcoming draft, and it’s very unlikely they just hand the backup job to Peterman without competition.