The Browns, as everybody is aware of, botched the commerce for A.J. McCarron regardless of their preliminary attempt at casting blame on the Bengals. Ultimately, it got here all the way down to the Browns ready too lengthy to name the Bengals and provoke talks.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer interviewed greater than a half-dozen league sources, placing collectively a play-by-play from the deal that wasn’t:
The Browns first known as the Bengals at three:54 p.m., six minutes earlier than the commerce deadline. The Bengals emailed their paperwork to the NFL at three:55 p.m. But the Browns, as a substitute of sending their paperwork to the league, despatched it to Cincinnati for the Bengals to signal and ship to the league.
The downside was: The Bengals didn’t see the e-mail as a result of it got here from Chris Cooper, Sashi Brown’s badistant. Duke Tobin, the Bengals participant personnel director, was busy getting his personal paperwork accomplished and at last opened the e-mail the next day.
Even then, the league wouldn’t have accepted the commerce, through Cabot, as a result of the paperwork didn’t match. Even if the compensation — second- and third-round picks in 2018 — was the identical, the opposite language, similar to situations, wasn’t.
The Browns obtained the Bengals’ doc at three:59 p.m., realized it didn’t match theirs and known as the league to attraction. The league denied the request; McCarron stays in Cincinnati; and the Browns stay in the hunt for a long-term beginning quarterback after botching one other probability at one.