It hasn’t been the best day-before-free-agency day for A.J. McCarron and his camp.
All within about 12 hours, four out of the NFL’s six quarterback-needy teams have agreed to terms with a free agent signal caller, and none of those is the veteran from Alabama.
Early Tuesday morning, Case Keenum agreed to a deal with the Denver Broncos. Early Tuesday afternoon Kirk Cousins agreed to an absurdly fully guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Then almost in succession later on in the afternoon, Sam Bradford agreed to a deal with the Arizona Cardinals, and Teddy Bridgewater agreed to a deal with the New York Jets.
That leaves McCarron’s options severely limited. And the NFL free agent period hasn’t even technically started, as its not officially supposed to begin until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
The former Crimson Tide quarterback has said that he wants a chance to start in the league, and the only two teams remaining where he’ll legitimately get a chance to do that are the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.
The Bills just traded Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns, so that option would likely be a bit smoother for McCarron than Miami, where McCarron would probably have to beat out Ryan Tannehill, who is coming off of an injury that forced him to miss last season.
On Monday a report indicated that McCarron would be plan B for Denver if they couldn’t land Cousins, but that didn’t end up panning out. Since the Broncos agreed to a deal with Keenum before Cousins and the Vikings agreed, it turns out that in all likelihood that McCarron was plan C at best.
McCarron will be entering his fifth season in the NFL, backing up Andy Dalton in Cincinnati for his whole career thus far. He has played some while Dalton was injured but has never been the starter for an extended period of time.