For a little while, it looked like AJ McCarron might land a starting job. It is unclear if that is still the case, but one of the NFL's best teams wants him as a back-up.
McCarron, who is entering his fifth year in the NFL, spent his first four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He's been the primary back-up to Andy Dalton.
He was nearly dealt during the season to be a starter. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Browns had offered a second and third round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The trade was set to go through. However, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Cleveland didn't submit paperwork on time and it fell through at the deadline.
The Browns have their quarterback, of the present at least. The team traded for Bills starter Tyrod Taylor last week.
The team could also still take one at the top of the draft. Cleveland has the No. 1 and No. 4 pick in the first round.
The Browns are almost definitely out of the McCarron sweepstakes. There may not be an obvious spot for him to start, with the spots in Cleveland, Denver, Arizona, Minnesota, and New York with free agency upon us.
AJ McCarron reportedly has an offer from the New England Patriots to back-up Tom Brady, though.
Short of starting, there may not be a better situation that the former Alabama star can find himself in. WEEI's Kirk Minihane reports that McCarron received the offer.
McCarron has appeared in 11 career NFL games, starting three while Dalton was hurt inn 2015. For his career, he has completed 64.7-percent of his passes, throwing for 920 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Teams seem to value him as someone who is at least on the fringe of breaking through to a starting role. If he can't earn one of those vaunted 32 jobs, playing behind the 40-year old Brady and attempting to fill the Jimmy Garoppolo role as the potential "QB in waiting" is not the worst situation.