Browns, Bengals were close on AJ McCarron trade

Report: Cleveland Browns botched chance to trade for former Alabama QB AJ McCarron

Report: Cleveland Browns botched chance to trade for former Alabama QB AJ McCarron

The Cleveland Browns didn't improve their roster before Tuesday's trade deadline, but they nearly acquired Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron. Only their efforts did not result in a deal, according to a report.

Schefter reported the Bengals had approved the deal five minutes before the 4 p.m. ET deadline but the Browns didn't agree in time. Clock beat them. Close but no deal.

Nor is he Jimmy Garoppolo, who was traded to the 49ers by the Patriots on Monday night, and a player the Browns reportedly didn't want to overpay for earlier in the year.

McCarron had been targeted by Browns coach Hue Jackson in the summer, and with rookie DeShone Kizer floundering on a winless team, McCarron would have likely stepped in as the new starter. The Browns reportedly disputed the proposed trade with the National Football League, saying it should be allowed even though it arrived a few minutes late.

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And the Bengals can't be too happy about it, because they would have received a second and third-round pick from the Browns in exchange for their backup, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Jim Owczarski.

McCarron filled in for quarterback Andy Dalton for seven games in the 2015, going 79-for-119 with six touchdowns.

Jackson had previously coached McCarron as the Bengals' offensive coordinator from 2014-15.

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