Members Of Both Bengals And Browns Organizations Seem Happy Trade Fell Through

On this edition of As the AFC North Turns…sabotage! Deception! Intrigue! Maybe?

More on the intradivisional trade that wasn’t. remember, just minutes before the trade deadline earlier this week, the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns were said to have agreed to a deal that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to the Browns in second for second- and third-round draft picks.

Ultimately, the Browns never submitted their portion of the paperwork to the league on-time, so the trade was never approved, and thus never happened. It is said that the Browns sent their signed paperwork to the Bengals, believing that they would also sign it and send it to the league.

As I mentioned the other day, that’s not really how trades work. As a matter of fact, the paperwork for a trade doesn’t even need to be submitted right away. The two teams simply have to notify the league via email of the trade details, ensuring that the terms are identical. The trade is then approved and the paperwork can be sent in at a leisurely pace within 15 days of the trade, provided that the terms remain the same.

So was the trade botched…intentionally? There were those within the Browns organization, particularly in the scouting department, who place an abundance of value on draft picks, and didn’t really want to deal to be done.

The paperwork was sent from the Browns to the Bengals from not Sashi Brown, who had dealt with Cincinnati on the details, but from Chris Cooper, the director of football administration. The Bengals didn’t even know to look for such a name. They found the (unnecessary) email far later. Why was Cooper sending this email?

Head Coach Hue Jackson was on board. He was in Cincinnati when they drafted McCarron. And frankly, he’s trying to win games. The owners signed off on the trade. They know Jackson is trying to win games and doesn’t have the talent at quarterback to do it.

It’s rather believable to me, however, that others, particularly those more geared toward the roster-building aspect, held out reservations with the trade. And many over in Cincinnati ended up being relieved when the trade didn’t go through as well.

AJ is a very valuable member of this team. I told him that yesterday after (the trade deadline)”, head coach Marvin Lewis said the next day. “Frankly, I was relieved that I don’t have to go through those gymnastics of the next steps. He’s a great kid. True team player. He’s a leader – a leader on this football team”.

“I’m not angry. I’m not upset. It feels good to be wanted”, McCarron said. “Today I’m going to thank Mr. Brown personally. I admire that he was going to give me an opportunity to go start and play somewhere. I really appreciate that of him. He’s been an unbelievable owner in my experience here”.

Meanwhile, Jackson will try to win his second game in 25 opportunities, presumably with DeShone Kizer at quarterback and a nation of football fans laughing at his team’s futility.

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  • Daniel Santo

    Lol at AJM on Mike Brown. Ask the Bungle fans what they think of Brown…😅

  • Anthony Palmerston

    Right. So the trade that both teams wanted to partake in fell through and now suddenly both teams are happy about it? Nah, they’re lying to save face.

  • nutty32

    Obvious attempt to troll pathetic Browns fans into believing they’re trying to win games and not tanking.

  • NCSteel

    Today I’m going to thank Mr. Brown personally. I admire that he was going to give me an opportunity to go start and play somewhere. I really appreciate that of him. He’s been an unbelievable owner in my experience here”.
    Oh my, what do they give those guys to drink there in Cincinnati ?
    Don’t drink that muddy Brown stuff kid.

  • rystorm06

    I don’t know why you’d spend a 1st round pick on Kizer and then try to trade for a mediocre qb in McArron. Unless they’re already giving up on the pick which is really premature.

  • NCSteel

    I think its the Browns way of “mentally conditioning” their young QB’s.

    “Hey, after 8 games, we’ve decided you are no good”.

    Just kidding !!!, that little trade thing was just to toughen you up, now go be our starter for the rest of the year and do good !!!
    Oh and remember….
    We’re behind you 100% !

  • dany

    If McCarron gets a longer chance with the Bengals things could get interesting, the Browns would just destroy him. As a fan, it sucks the trade didn’t happen

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    Every once in a while try taking a stroll through the zoo of the rest of the league to understand what you have truly have here. Is it flawless? No. But then take a gander at what’s on their plate!

  • Matthew Marczi

    Point well taken, though just to clarify, he wasn’t a first-round pick. He was taken 52nd overall in the second round. That’s still high, though when you have three first-round picks, it seems more like a luxury. I wish the Steelers could take the 52nd-overall pick so lightly.

  • rystorm06

    Ah okay. And yes still a high pick. Maybe it’s why the Browns still suck, if they’re taking this high a pick so lightly haha.

  • rystorm06

    pretty funny, but sadly this seems to be the case with cleveland qb’s. They have this unrealistic ‘win now’ expectations from their rookie qb’s, without giving them the needed time to develop. Nor really building / developing the talent around them. I guess it doesnt help they fire the coaching staff every year so there’s no consistency, unless it’s being consistently bad.