Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis told Pro Football Talks Mike Florio that the Bengals are not looking to trade backup quarterback A.J. McCarron and will "respectfully decline" all trade offers.
John Elway if he's called Bengals on McCarron: no— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) March 21, 2016
The McCarron to the Broncos rumors all started when SI's Peter King suggested, not reported that the Broncos should look into the Bengals backup.
Lewis's and Elway's comments can finally put these rumors to rest.
The quarterback the Broncos are after is Colin Kaepernick. Reports from this weekend indicated that the Broncos were the team "most interested" in Kaepernick's services and that some believe that Kaepernick will be traded to the Broncos eventually.
It seems that the Broncos choices at quarterback is down to Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook, or Mark Sanchez.
Kaepernick is the best trade option for the Broncos. If the trade talks fall apart they could look to add Robert Griffin III in free agency. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a free agent but it seems likely that he will land back with the New York Jets. If the Broncos do not land either of those guys they will look for a quarterback in the first round and Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook are probably the best two quarterbacks available. If all else fails, at least you have Mark Sanchez.
It just won't be A.J. McCarron.