All of the trade conversations in the media have been about Jimmy Garoppolo. Meanwhile, the NFL should be considering AJ McCarron too.
This offseason has been all about potential trades for New England Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo. He performed well in two games, winning both and the price is a first-round pick plus. That’s a high price for guy that wasn’t drafted in the first round.
And as good as he looked for two games that sample size isn’t enough to draw a conclusion. Plus after the Matt Cassel and Ryan Mallett, no Patriots QB is worth a first-round pick except for Tom Brady. HC Bill Belichick is the master of hiding his players’ weaknesses.
None of the other two QBs did anything special in the NFL after they left Belichick. Meanwhile, Cincinnati Bengals backup QB AJ McCarron is flying under the radar. He obviously wants to play but the Cincinnati Bengals have Andy Dalton at the helm.
McCarron saw significant snaps in four games, starting three for Dalton, who was injured in 2015. He went 2-1 in his starts, threw for 832 yards, six TDs and two INTs. Garoppolo, in two starts before getting injured, threw for 496 yards, four TDs and no INTs.
So the team is expected to dangle McCarron on the trade market next month. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah polled five NFL personnel people about this year’s QB options. And as a whole, they actually had McCarron rated higher than Garoppolo.
According to fellow NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks scouts were impressed with McCarron. They liked his poise in the pocket and ability to make “big boy,” intermediate throws between the numbers. With Garoppolo, it’s death by papercut with short throws.
So who do you take?
This article isn’t about that but it’s to show NFL teams should consider McCarron Too.
However, no one should give up a first-round pick on neither one.