The newest spherical of Sunday splash stories creates the impression that the Browns truly dodged a bullet by not buying and selling for Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron. They didn’t; if the deal had been executed, the Browns would have acquired McCarron topic to the potential of dropping him after solely eight video games — and the difficulty has been hiding in plain sight for months.
ESPN stories, with basic game-day urgency, that McCarron has filed a grievance in opposition to the Bengals over the query of whether or not he turns into a free agent in March 2018 or March 2019.
“Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron, at the center of headlines this past week, soon will be the center of headlines again,” Adam Schefter declares. “McCarron has filed a grievance against the Bengals and is awaiting a ruling from an arbitrator that will determine whether he is an unrestricted or restricted free agent after this season, sources tell ESPN.”
That language implies that the grievance was filed after the failed commerce from Cincinnati to Cleveland, and that nobody else had beforehand reported it. That’s incorrect on each counts; the grievance predates the failed commerce, and the difficulty has been lingering for months.
Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported in February — FEBRUARY — on the query of whether or not McCarron shall be a restricted free agent or an unrestricted free agent in March 2018, when his rookie contract expires. The query is whether or not the Bengals ought to have activated McCarron from the non-football damage listing in 2014, which might have given him a fourth yr of service, and a shot on the open market in March.
Thus, the Browns would have acquired McCarron topic to the grievance. Which would have created, if the deal hadn’t been bungled by the Browns, the query of why they’d surrender a second- and third-round decide for a man who probably could be headed to unrestricted free company so shortly. Which could possibly be one of many explanation why somebody “accidentally” didn’t notify the league workplace instantly in regards to the commerce earlier than the window closed.
So, to summarize, A.J. McCarron could also be an unrestricted free agent in March, which has recognized for practically so long as the truth that Drew Brees shall be.