Bengals Coach: We’re Not Trading AJ McCarron

AJ McCarron
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron prepares to in the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Several NFL teams are in dire need at the quarterback position, including the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos.

Just don’t add Mobile’s AJ McCarron to the list of available names.

McCarron, the backup QB for the Cincinnati Bengals, has been rumored as a potential trade target for NFL teams searching for a signal caller, like the Broncos, Cleveland Browns, and New York Jets.

But Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis squashed the notion that McCarron was available in recent comments made to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, according to

“Because he’s exactly what we look for to be a replacement quarterback if we needed it,” Lewis explained, via the Bengals‘ official website. “We never found one until now. That’s what we feel good about.”

McCarron, a Mobile native who attended St. Paul’s before winning three championships with the Alabama Crimson Tide, saw his first pro action when Andy Dalton suffered a season-ending injury in the 2015 season.  According to, McCarron impressed NFL scouts in the Week 16 overtime loss to Denver, making some big plays with his arm.

Dalton is expected to be fully healed for the start of training camp. McCarron, as he was last year, is slated as the team’s backup quarterback.

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