NFL News : Somehow, the Browns bungled a trade for A.J. McCarron

Somehow, the Browns bungled a trade for A.J. McCarron

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The Cleveland Browns seemingly endless streak of bad luck continued on Tuesday as the trade deadline passed. 

ESPN reports that the Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals failed to work out a trade that would have sent quarterback AJ McCarron to Cleveland for two undisclosed draft picks.

According to Schefter, the two teams appeared to agree to a deal at 3:55 p.m. ET, five minutes before the deadline, but were not able to finalize it before the deadline passed. The Bengals sent the trade information to the NFL, while the Browns did not.

The Browns argued to the NFL that the trade should be allowed, but the NFL declined their request, a source told Schefter.

"McCarron has been the subject of trade rumors since the 2016 offseason after he filled in for an injured Andy Dalton and almost led the Bengals to their first playoff win under Marvin Lewis. He completed 66.4 percent of his passes in seven appearances during the 2015 regular season, throwing for six touchdowns and two interceptions. In his lone playoff start, he completed 23-of-41 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception," wrote ESPN.

McCarron, taken in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, is in the final season of his rookie contract. However, the Bengals could retain his rights next season because he did not spend enough time on the active roster as a rookie to accrue a year toward free agency.

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