The Cleveland Browns didn't improve their roster before Tuesday's trade deadline, but they almost acquired Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Browns and Bengals discussed a deal that got "close" to completion, but nothing was finalized.

Schefter reported the Bengals had approved the deal five minutes before the 4 p.m. ET deadline but the Browns didn't agree in time. ESPN Radio's Tony Grossi reported the Browns were celebrating the trade and forgot to call in the deal before the deadline, according to college Aaron Goldhammer. Schefter added details on what the Browns did once they realized the deadline had passed.

The trade would have sent a second- and third-round pick in the 2018 draft to the Bengals, reported Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.