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Buffalo Bills add quarterback AJ McCarron in free agency

The Bills have their vet.

The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday night that the team had signed former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron to a free agent contract. Adam Schefter reports it as a two-year deal. McCarron spent four seasons with the Bengals after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft after graduating from the University of Alabama. McCarron is 2-1 in his three NFL starts in place of Andy Dalton, and is 86 of 133 (64.7%) for 920 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions in his NFL career. He’s also taken 13 sacks for a sack on every 8.9% of his dropbacks.

The Cleveland Browns has completed a trade for McCarron at the trade deadline but a snafu with the paperwork getting faxed to the NFL office pushed the deal past the deadline. Now former Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is in Cleveland and McCarron is in Buffalo.

Buffalo is still fully expected to trade up and get their quarterback of the future in April’s NFL Draft. In the meantime, they have a stabilizing presence on the field and in the meeting room to add to Nathan Peterman.

We don’t have contract terms yet, but we will.