A.J. McCarron may have played his way into not playing for a while, if that makes any sense.
The former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback played adequately when called upon after Bengals starter Andy Dalton went down late last season with a hand injury, which surely caught the eye of quarterback hungry teams around the league. And to those teams, Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis says, “cool your jets.”
Lewis told PFT’s Mike Florio at Monday’s league meetings that if a team calls with an offer for McCarron, the Bengals will respectfully decline, intending to hold onto him as their back up quarterback.
Dalton went down in Week 14, and in his absence McCarron threw for six touchdowns versus only two interceptions over the team’s last four games.
Those four games McCarron played were the first games McCarron has played in the regular season and playoffs since being drafted in the fifth round by the Bengals in 2014.
Lewis’s interview will air on the Tuesday edition of PFT Live.
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