Report: A.J. McCarron wins grievance against Bengals, will be unrestricted free agent

A ruling has been made in the free agent grievance between former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron and the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, McCarron has won the grievance and will be an unrestricted free agent this NFL offseason.

The decision from an arbiter should have a significant ripple effect on the quarterback free agency picture this spring.

McCarron’s grievance stemmed from his first season in the NFL and whether he would be a restricted or unrestricted free agent this offseason. NFL teams have much more control over restricted free agents, who are also more affordable options.

McCarron was injured and on the Non-Football Injury list for most of his rookie season after the Bengals drafted him, putting his NFL service time up in the air. You can view a complete breakdown of the entire McCarron-Bengals, restricted-unrestricted saga on SB Nation’s Bengals site, Cincy Jungle, here.

The bottomline is that McCarron, after being a backup to entrenched starter Andy Dalton for his whole career, will have the chance to compete for a starting quarterback job in the NFL.

McCarron last started for a full season when he was with the Crimson Tide, including leading the team to a national title in 2012.

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