After the 4 p.m. deadline passed, ESPN reported Tuesday that the Bengals had a deal with Cleveland for A.J. McCarron in exchange for two undisclosed picks in next year’s draft.
After a day of off-and-on talks, the clubs apparently reached a deal in time for the Bengals to send their paperwork to the NFL office five minutes before the deadline. According to the report, the Browns missed the deadline and the NFL wouldn’t let the trade stand when Cleveland lobbied to let it go through.
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Reports say the Browns were moments too late. It's not a great sign for how the team views Kizer as the QB going forward that they were willing to deal with a division rival, something that hasn't been done in 50 years, according to the story.