A.J. McCarron wins grievance, will be available in March

February 15, 2018

Joe DiBiase reporting

Another quarterback will hit unrestricted free agency next month. This comes after Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron filed a grievance. 

Source: #Bengals QB AJ McCarron won his grievance against the team. He’ll be a free agent.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 15, 2018

McCarron has started just 4 games in 4 years with the Bengals. He was a 5th round pick out of Alabama in the 2014 NFL Draft. McCarron also started a playoff game against the Steelers in 2015. He completed 23 of 41 passes for 212 yards and a late touchdown that put Cincy ahead. Of course two dumb penalties by Vontaze Burfict and Adam Jones lost the game for the Bengals. 

McCarron's grievance with the Bengals stemmed from his first season where he was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list, for almost the entire year with shoulder soreness. The Bengals believed he would become a restricted free agent next month, while McCarron's camp believed he would be unrestricted. An arbitrator ruled in favor of McCarron. 

For the Bills, the quarterback situation is up in the air. If they want a veteran to start ahead of a potential 1st round rookie, McCarron could be the answer. Alex Smith is off the market, Kirk Cousins will cost huge money, and you're left hoping you can get a Vikings quarterback. McCarron will get a solid deal, but if the Bills could land him for a cap hit between $10 million and $15 million, maybe he could be the starter Week 1.