Bengals not actively shopping AJ McCarron

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback AJ McCarron #5 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Combined ShapeCaption
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Quarterback AJ McCarron #5 of the Cincinnati Bengals warms up prior to a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Bengals Director of Player Personnel Duke Tobin said Wednesday at the NFL Combine the team is not actively shopping backup quarterback AJ McCarron, but that doesn’t mean he won’t listen to offers.

Follow Jay Morrison on Twitter

“The phones in our office work,” Tobin said. “The larger point on AJ for us is he is a very valuable piece of what we do. So it’s not a point where we’re saying ‘What can we do with this guy because we don’t have a plan in place for him with us.’ There is a plan in place.

“He plays a very valuable position, backup quarterback, and you’re always one play away from going to your backup quarterback,’ Tobin added.

Reports surfaced Wednesday that the New England Patriots are not planning on trading their backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, which is a decision that could affect McCarron’s trade value.

Like our Cincinnati Bengals News Now Facebook page

The question is whether other teams view that value the same as the Bengals.

“We’re in the business of AJ McCarron, and there’s going to have to be something pretty valuable for us to be out of that business,” Tobin said.

About the Author