Peter King names AJ McCarron’s 4 best options in NFL free agency

AJ McCarron still is searching for where he’ll continue his NFL career, and The MMQB’s Peter King offered some thoughts for the former Alabama quarterback.

On Wednesday, the analyst spelled out four of “the best of some bad options” for the former Crimson Tide star, who became an unrestricted free agent after winning his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals recently. With NFL free agency heating up this week, pieces are falling into place for teams and players throughout the country. But McCarron remains stuck in professional limbo.

Check out what King wrote when considering the possibilities for McCarron, who reportedly received an offer from the New England Patriots to back up Tom Brady:

Quarterback A.J. McCarron, nowhere. The musical chairs have very nearly been filled. How horrendous it’s been for McCarron that the trade from the Bengals to Browns last Oct. 31 got negated by the league because of tardiness with the 4 p.m. ET deadline. These, it seems to me, are the best of some bad options for McCarron:

1. Sign with Buffalo. And pray Buffalo gives him the bridge starting quarterback job for 2018, while the Bills develop the quarterback they draft near the top of round one.

2. Sign with Jacksonville. And hope Blake Bortles has three straight Bortles games in mid-2018, so McCarron can take the reins on a strong playoff team.

3. Sign with Cleveland. So he can beat out Tyrod Taylor as the bridge guy to whomever the Browns draft.

4. Sign with Cincinnati. And slink back to the land of Skyline Chili, tail firmly between legs, to back up Andy Dalton with a one-year deal, hoping 2019 is better for him.

That’s humbling analysis for McCarron, who surely hoped to become a starter after this NFL free-agency experience. We’ll see how this situation shakes out, but so much remains uncertain as the free-agency musical chairs continues.

Likely, McCarron doesn’t want to return to Cincinnati at all. And King is right that those options above aren’t the best.

Stay tuned.

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