AJ McCarron is certainly finding it hard to sign for a team that wants to make them their starting quarterback and pay him starting money after he has spent the last four seasons backing up Andy Dalton at the Cincinnati Bengals.
There's not much of a starting quarterback market for McCarron, as most of the teams in need of a quarterback have either reportedly signed one or will be drafting. Kirk Cousins is signing with the Minnesota Vikings, Case Keenum is off to the Denver Broncos, Teddy Bridgewater heading to the New York Jets, the Arizona Cardinals have snapped up Sam Bradford, and Drew Brees is re-signing with the New Orleans Saints.
With other teams like the Cleveland Browns looking to draft their franchise quarterback, there isn't much of a market left for the 27-year-old. However there is one team interested in making him their backup quarterback, and it would certainly be an upgrade from holding the clipboard at the Bengals.
According to WEEI, via CBS Sports, the New England Patriots are interested in offering a contract to McCarron to have him be their backup quarterback to Tom Brady next season. However, it's not clear how big or small the offer might be.
It's also not clear if McCarron will be considering the offer since it would mean his dreams of starting in the NFL would be put on hold since he has zero chance of beating out Brady for the starting job anytime soon.
This might very well be the best option on the table for McCarron, and when you think about it, despite it not being a starting gig, it's not that bad of an option.
Being Brady's backup has earned paydays and starting gigs for the likes of Brian Hoyer, Matt Cassel, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Jacoby Brissett over the years, so the same could happen in the future for him.
There's no better quarterback to learn from in the NFL right now than Brady, who has five Super Bowls to his name. Simply being around arguably the greatest quarterback of all time is bound to improve his game, so he definitely should consider taking up a backup role at the Patriots.
Although becoming the starting quarterback for New England might not be an option for McCarron, it could open the door down the line for him to get a starting quarterback job elsewhere in the NFL in the future.
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