Should the Bills pursue McCarron?

February 20, 2018

If there ever is a "good" year to be looking for a quarterback, this would be that year. Between free agency and the draft, there are a number of options out there for quarterback needy teams like the Buffalo Bills. The free agent list grew by one last week when A.J. McCarron was ruled to be unrestricted and eligible to hit the open market in mid-March.

Should the Bills make a play for the former University of Alabama star? His college resume is fantastic with a 36-4 record and two national titles in three full time seasons as a starter for the Crimson Tide.

However, his body of work with the Bengals is incredibly small. A fifth round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, McCarron has played in only eleven games and has just four starts. All of those starts (three in the regular season and one in the playoffs) came in 2015 when Andy Dalton was injured. 

McCarron's career stat line is 109-of-174, 1,132 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions.

In an effort to find out more about McCarron and whether or not the Bills should pursue him, we had Bengals radio analyst and former Bengals player Dave Lapham on WGR on Monday. Lapham is a big fan of the young quarterback.

“When you meet him or you are around him you realize he is a very dynamic personality" Lapham said. "He’s got an unbridled joy for football. He’ll play in the mud in the backyard to compete. He’s got that “it” factor as a result and players gravitate him. He’s one of those guys that commands a locker room. He’s respected highly by his teammates and the coaching staff.”

Lapham also broke down the strengths and weaknesses of McCarron's game based on that small sample size of a handful of games and preseason showings. Here is the interview in its entirety: