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CLEVELAND (AP) — Clock management hurt the Browns again.
And this time,
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, it cost them a quarterback.
Cleveland's proposed deal to get Cincinnati quarterback AJ McCarron fell apart in the final minutes,
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,Failing to get the necessary paperwork to the NFL offices by Wednesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline,
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, the latest misstep for a team unable to solve its quarterback riddle.
sending McCarron to Cleveland for draft picks,
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, but the required documentation — paperwork signed by both clubs — arrived in New York too late,The teams had an agreement in place, said league spokesman Brian McCarthy. He did not provide any further detail about why the transaction wasn't finalized.
but the 27-year-old could have provided leadership and another option while the team develops rookie DeShone Kizer,The Browns have spent much of the past two decades in a failed search to find their franchise quarterback. McCarron might not have been that answer either, who has had an uneven first seven starts.
who have three second-round picks in next year's draft,The administrative glitch comes one day after the New England Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo — a quarterback on Cleveland's radar for months — to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 second-round pick. The Browns, had previous discussions about Garoppolo but were unable to strike a deal.
Browns fans have had to watch Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, two players the team could have drafted in the past two years, excel in Philadelphia and Houston,
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,On top of that,
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, while Cleveland has gone 0-8 this season and 1-23 under coach Hue Jackson.
who made three starts,
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, including one in the playoffs,
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,Jackson's history with McCarron is what drew the Browns toward the Bengals backup, when Andy Dalton was injured in 2015. McCarron could have helped the Browns plug the gap while Kizer develops or until the team drafts another QB.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound McCarron has completed 66 percent of his passes for 854 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions with Cincinnati.
who has been benched three times,
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, Jackson's future in Cleveland is uncertain as he Browns enter their bye week winless at the season's halfway point for the second year in a row. He has been criticized for his handling of Kizer, as well as some head-scratching decisions during games.
led by Sashi Brown,Cleveland's front office, is also under pressure as a plan to turn around the team has shown minimal progress.
Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam have professed patience, but it will be tested by the group's inability to complete even a basic trade.
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