But according to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi, Cleveland didn't get the deal done because they didn't call it into the league office before the deadline.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Browns would have sent a second and third-round pick to the Bengals in exchange for McCarron. He's not Carson Wentz either, who didn't even make the Browns' list of top 20 prospects in 2016.More news: Saudi Arabia To Lift Restriction Banning Women From Sports Stadiums
The Bengals are on the road against the Jaguars this weekend, whereas the Browns will have their bye week. But he is a veteran with some starting experience. He completed 66.4 percent of his passes in seven appearances during the 2015 regular season, throwing for six touchdowns and two interceptions.
This is not a new development, and loud whispers of a fundamental breakdown in the relationship between coach Hue Jackson and Executive Vice President Sashi Brown, the team's de facto GM, have escalated in the wake of the latest loss.
Jackson had previously coached McCarron as the Bengals' offensive coordinator from 2014-15. Rookie second-round pick DeShone Kizer has been a big disappointment thus far. Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan aren't cutting it, either. Now he knows exactly what the team really thinks of his ability.