Let the ripple effect of Tony Romo’s retirement begin.
On Tuesday afternoon, Romo, the longtime quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, announced his retirement from football as well as his decision to sign with CBS to become a lead NFL analyst.
It couldn’t have been better news for AJ McCarron.
McCarron, a former Alabama quarterback, saw minimal time in his three NFL seasons. A fifth-round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014 NFL Draft, McCarron played in eight games, in which he threw for 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. But with Romo’s departure, there is one less quarterback on the market, and McCarron’s value got a significant bump.
McCarron, for his part, downplayed trade rumors, telling AL.com:
“I can’t control it. 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. I don’t think anything. I just go with what I know, and as of right now, I’ll be in Cincy.”
McCarron’s contract will expire after the 2017 season. His name is mentioned in a possible swap to the Cleveland Browns, who are now coached by Hue Jackson, McCarron’s former offensive coordinator in Cincinnati.