AJ McCarron trade talk will not die, until it does.
This week, the Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback was at South Alabama’s pro day, as he’s been working out at the school and with its players for the last few months. Naturally, the media got to him during the pro day and asked him about whether or not he believes he will be traded this offseason. He didn’t exactly express his opinion, but stated the obvious in that he doesn’t have an ability to impact the situation.
"I can't control it," McCarron told AL.com. "That's the tough part in this business, but it is what it is. You just focus on what you can control, and everything will work out.
McCarron made it known at the end of the 2016 season that he wouldn’t have an issue with being traded and does want to be a starting quarterback in the NFL sooner than later.
"I don't think anything,” he said. “I just go with what I know, and as of right now, I'll be in Cincy."
The Bengals highly value McCarron as the team’s backup quarterback and have repeatedly stated that if he’s traded, it will come at a high cost. Marvin Lewis also recently claimed that no trade offers have come in this offseason for McCarron. Though, he also said at the end of the 2016 season that no trade offers came last offseason, which has been disputed by other team sources, including Dave Lapham.
Regardless, McCarron said that he’s not considering the possibilities of where he could land if he were to be traded, though admitting, it’s fun to think about. Some possibilities include the division-rival Cleveland Browns and AFC East’s New York Jets.
"Not until they call me," McCarron said about pondering the possibilities. "It's fun to think about, but that really just clouds your mind with stuff you don't really want."
For now, McCarron remains on the Bengals’ roster, but, expect the trade talk to continue until at least the NFL Draft, or, until McCarron is traded.