McCarron officially won his grievance against the Bengals on Thursday and will now be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Regarding the Browns, Cleveland nearly completed a trade for McCarron before last year’s trade deadline but didn’t get the details sent to the NFL office in time. Browns HC Hue Jackson is a big supporter of McCarron, so it wouldn’t come as a big surprise to see them in the mix over the next month or so.
As for the Vikings, they have a lot to sort out a quarterback, considering that Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater are all in line to be free agents. I’m sure they’ll consider all of their available options including McCarron before deciding who will be their starter for the 2018 season.
McCarron’s grievance stemmed from the Bengals’ decision to place him on the non-football injury list (NFI) at the start of training camp due to a shoulder issue during his rookie year. This prevented McCarron from accruing a season and is why he would have only qualified as a restricted free agent had he lost the case.
McCarron contended that he was healthy enough to come off the NFI list during training camp, but Cincinnati didn’t add him to their active roster until it was too late.
McCarron, 27, is a former fifth-round pick of the Bengals back in 2014. He’ll be entering the final year of his four-year, $2,401,652 contract and stands to make a base salary of $690,000 for the 2017 season.
In 2017, McCarron appeared in three games for the Bengals and completed 7 of 14 passes for 66 yards to go along with no touchdowns or interceptions.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2018 NFL Free Agents list.