Apparently, the Bengals were part of multiple failed trade attempts with AJ McCarron in 2017.
According to ESPN reporter Rich Cimini, the Bengals actually called the Jets to gauge their interest in McCarron, and there was even an offer made that New York ultimately turned down.
At the start of free agency last year, the Jets received a call from the Bengals, who offered McCarron in a trade. The Jets gave it some thought but nixed the proposal because they were focused on free agents and didn’t want to surrender compensation in a trade. As everybody knows, they wound up signing Josh McCown -- a terrific free-agent move.
We may never know what the exact offer was, but there were reports of interest by the Jets in McCarron during the 2017 offseason. They even mentioned Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson possibly being involved.
Richardson and/or a draft pick would have been nice to get since McCarron ultimately wasn’t needed in 2017 while Dalton played in every game.
Alas, life goes on for both teams. Hopefully, the Bengals still end up getting a nice compensatory pick for McCarron when he signs a new contract with another team this offseason, possibly a third-round pick.