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Patriots have reportedly offered contract to A.J. McCarron

Alex Reimer
March 14, 2018 - 8:06 am

The Patriots may be adding a quarterback to their roster in free agency. WEEI’s Kirk Minihane reports New England has extended an offer to ex-Bengals backup A.J. McCarron, who won his grievance to become an unrestricted free agent. McCarron would presumably serve as Tom Brady’s primary backup and replace Brian Hoyer.

On Tuesday, NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright linked McCarron to the Patriots as well. 

McCarron, 27, has been one of the losers of free agency so far. Nearly all of the second tier quarterbacks, including Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon and Teddy Bridgewater, have reached agreements with new teams. 

A 2014 fifth-round pick, McCarron has started three games in his career. He’s completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 920 yards and six touchdowns with two interceptions. In college, McCarron won back-to-back BCS national championships as a starter at Alabama. 

Even with McCarron on board, the Patriots could still target a quarterback in the NFL Draft this spring, since it's unlikely the passer would be viewed as Brady’s heir apparent. But McCarron’s presence could buy the Patriots some time if they’re not infatuated with the QB’s in this year’s draft class.

In addition to the Patriots, McCarron has been tied to the Bills. 

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