Browns just miss deadline with deal to acquire Bengals QB AJ McCarron

The Browns didn't file their paperwork in time to complete the trade with the Bengals for AJ McCarron. | Gary Landers  Associated Press

The Browns didn't file their paperwork in time to complete the trade with the Bengals for AJ McCarron. | Gary Landers Associated Press

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that the Browns and Cincinnati Bengals came close on a trade involving A.J. McCarron, but did not finalize the deal.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals attempted to finish a trade that would've sent Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron to Cleveland, but despite believing they filed before the deadline, the National Football League turned it down.

Now, if you're thinking that this the most Browns thing that could ever happen, know that according to later reports, it actually gets worse.

According to Jim Owczarski of Cincinnati.com, the Browns were willing to give up second and third-round picks in 2018 for the backup QB.

Schefter reported that the two teams had agreed to a trade at 3:55 p.m EST, right before the 4 p.m. deadline. He's not Carson Wentz either, who didn't even make the Browns' list of top 20 prospects in 2016.

Bengals and Browns thought they beat the clock on AJ McCarron trade. He completed 66.4 percent of his passes in seven appearances during the 2015 regular season, throwing for six touchdowns and two interceptions. But costly red zone turnovers have landed him on the bench twice in a three-game span. Hue Jackson has tried both Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler in the starting role, but neither has been able to pry it away from Kizer permanently.

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