Bills deal for A.J. McCarron feels right for team

The Buffalo Bills could have signed or traded for someone other than A.J. McCarron but for a team expected to use an early draft pick on a quarterback, signing the former Cincinnati Bengal to a two-year deal feels right.

McCarron could have been a member of the Cleveland Browns had a trade not been bungled at the deadline. He later won a case earning himself free agency from the Bengals based on service time.

Now ironically McCarron heads to the Bills to replace Tyrod Taylor – a player the Browns acquired during a flurry of trades on a week ago.

McCarron will get a chance to finally step into a starters role but he’s not about to be grossly overpaid like Mike Glennon was a year ago. Glennon got a guaranteed $18.5 millon from the Bears prior to the team drafting Mitch Trubisky. Glennon, who was released by the Bears on Wednesday, signed a two-year deal worth $8 million with the Cardinals.

The Bills will pay McCarron $10 million over his two-year deal. This is a back-up deal for a player that is viewed by most teams as a back-up. His deal holds another $6.5 million in incentives.

How much McCarron sees the field is up for debate but paying back-up money to a player for a position a team figures to address in the draft just makes sense. McCarron is not suddenly going to make the Bills a force in the AFC East but he could be serviceable if trust into playing time. That’s all the Bills really needed.

John Boarman
John Boarman
Founder and Owner of Tireball Sports.

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