McCarron is entering a free-agent pool swimming with quarterbacks, at the same time the draft is loaded with enticing prospects.
"In McCarron's opinion, he was healthy enough to come off the NFI list during training camp, which would have counted his rookie year towards free agency", Schefter wrote. The question is whether there is a team - or more than one team - out there that views McCarron as a 27-year-old with potential to be more than he's been to this point in his National Football League career.
McCarron filed a grievance against the Bengals which claimed he should have been activated earlier.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson's admiration and respect for McCarron is well known and it is expected that the Browns will pursue him in free agency next month. The Bengals did not activate him from the NFI list until December 9 of his rookie year, which did not give McCarron enough time to earn an accrued season (six regular-season games on the 53-man roster).
McCarron, 27, stressed that he's looking for a chance to play - which he would have in Cleveland - and not the most money.
The Vikings are in the market for at least one quarterback.
The independent arbitrator weighed the merits of McCarron's contention that he should become an unrestricted free agent against the Bengals' belief that the former Alabama All-American should be a restricted free agent in 2018.
"I would love to have my chance", McCarron told the Enquirer at the end of this season.
The non-football injury designation in the NFL doesn't necessarily mean that a player didn't get hurt during a football activity, such as a game or practice; it just means he didn't get hurt during a football activity for an NFL team. That includes three starts, but he has not started and played a full game since the AFC Wild Card game on January 9, 2016.
The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback won his grievance against the Bengals Thursday afternoon.
Originally, the Browns worked out a trade with the Bengals that would've sent McCarron to Cleveland before the October 31 trade deadline. But the Browns didn't get the paperwork to the league on time. He started three games in 2015 when Dalton went down with an injury and threw for six touchdowns and two interceptions that season, though the Bengals lost in the AFC Wild Card round to the Steelers with him under center. When the Bengals' five-year playoff run ended and a streak of losing seasons began, fans tried to create a quarterback controversy on sports talk and social media.