Report: Broncos could have interest in A.J. McCarron


The Denver Broncos would reportedly show interest in quarterback A.J. McCarron should he become an unrestricted free agent…

Apparently, if you’re a quarterback out there and you have any shot of playing in the NFL, the Denver Broncos will do their due diligence on you.

According to a new report, the Broncos would apparently have interest in Cincinnati Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron should he hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

McCarron, if you’ll recall, was nearly traded to the Cleveland Browns at last year’s trade deadline for a second round pick. If he were to become an unrestricted free agent, the Cincinnati Bengals would likely be very angry.

The NFL apparently considers McCarron a restricted free agent due to the fact that he spent his rookie season on the non-football injury list.

The Vikings are trying to get a similar ruling on Teddy Bridgewater, another young quarterback about to hit unrestricted free agency.

If teams are going to start being allowed to toll players who have non-football injury designations on their rookie contract, then the Broncos should be thrilled because the’ll get to keep Jake Butt and Chad Kelly for an extra year if they want.

That’s another story for later, though.

The story here is the Broncos’ alleged interest in McCarron, which honestly doesn’t surprise me. It wouldn’t surprise me to hear the Broncos interested in 15 different quarterbacks. They are going to cover all bases if they can but they will obviously have a priority list.

If McCarron does hit unrestricted free agency, he is actually an option that intrigues me.

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Signing McCarron would be similar to the Bears’ signing of Mike Glennon last offseason. You don’t necessarily have to put all your eggs in one basket. McCarron isn’t going to sign for $20 million a season, but he might get $14-16 million.

That’s about half price for a quarterback anymore.

If McCarron comes on a three-year deal with less than two-thirds guaranteed (similar to Glennon’s deal), then I would say that this is a player worth considering.

McCarron is young, and he’s not necessarily a guy you’d have to plan on building around. You could sign him, draft someone at number five overall, and round out the rest of the roster in free agency and the draft.

It’s not the Broncos’ top option, I would guess, but it’s definitely one of the more reasonable ones, especially if they don’t have to trade anything to get him.