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Bengals QB AJ McCarron on Now Being a Free Agent: ‘It’s Just Business’

AJ McCarron greeted an arbitrator’s ruling that set him free with a mixture of relief, anticipation, and gratefulness, Geoff Hobson of

“To get the chance to be able to show what I can do and get out there and compete, that’s really all you want as a player,” McCarron said. “I’m just so glad the waiting is over and now my family and I can get on with the next chapter in our lives.”

McCarron garnered the enormous respect of his coaches and teammates in Cincinnati with a big presence and an even bigger heart fiercely committed to the game and the work that goes with it. So it was no surprise he said Thursday that he’s not looking for the biggest payday but for the best situation. If you’ve been listening to him that last few seasons, that means starting and he knows the Bengals are sticking with Andy Dalton.

It was also no surprise he talked warmly of his days in Cincinnati, despite what turned out to be an amicable grievance.

“It was just business,” McCarron said. “They had to do what was best for them and I had to do what was best for me. It was never anything personal. I loved the city, loved the fans, loved everything about it. It’s an awesome place to play.”

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