Quarterback AJ McCarron throws a pass during the first day of Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp Friday, July 28 at the practice fields beside Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

McCarron reacts to latest trade rumor

Early Wednesday morning there was a report from Sandy Clough at Denver radio station 104.3 The Fan that the Broncos were “aggressively” trying to trade for Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron.

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Denver general manager John Elway quickly shot down the report by calling it “fake news” before McCarron ever got word of it.

“That’s the first I’ve heard about it,” McCarron said Wednesday morning in the locker room, adding that none of his family or friends had messaged him to ask about it.

“My family does a good job of not paying attention to all the BS,” he said. “Unless I hear it from my agent, we just don’t pay attention to it. That’s what I pay him for.”

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It’s been an offseason of speculation ever since McCarron said he wanted a chance to start somewhere at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

“It gets a little crazy because everywhere you go somebody wants to talk about that,” McCarron said. “Anybody that knows me, I just like playing football. Like I said about the trade during the offseason, as a competitor you want to play. But listen, this is my circumstance. I’m here. I’m going to try to be the best I can be for this team, for AD (Andy Dalton), whatever I need to do.

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“There’s no reason to allow mental clutter with all this other stuff going around,” he added. “Just stay in the moment and have fun. We’re all living the dream, everybody in this locker room. Coming from Mobile, I never would’ve thought any of this is true. I just enjoy it and have fun.”

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