Quarterback A.J. McCarron came close to being traded to the Browns before last October’s trade deadline, but ultimately remained in Cincinnati for the rest of his fourth season with the Bengals. Players typically are on track for unrestricted free agency after four years, but McCarron’s situation isn’t a typical one. McCarron did not earn an accrued season as a rookie because he was on the non-football injury list for most of the year due to a shoulder injury. As a result, McCarron is set for restricted free agency but the quarterback filed a grievance arguing that he should have been activated earlier. If it is successful, McCarron would hit the open market in March.