Why AJ McCarron should not be compared to Tyrod Taylor

From ESPN - March 14, 2018

The Buffalo Bills swapped quarterbacks Wednesday, officially trading Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns and signing AJ McCarron to a two-year contract.

Comparing the two quarterbacks' performances this season would not give a complete picture of what the deals mean to Buffalo. The question is not whether the Bills upgraded from Taylor to McCarron in 2018. The more appropriate comparison is whether Taylor would have been a better long-term option for the Bills than whomever the franchise drafts in April and whether Buffalo would have been better off keeping the No. 10 pick in the 2017 draft and selecting Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes.

McCarron is simply the Bills' bridge quarterback, keeping the seat warm until the soon-to-be-drafted quarterback is ready. His signing should do little to change Buffalo's apparent plans to explore opportunities to trade up higher in the first round after acquiring the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 12 overall selection in a trade this week.

The Bills trading Taylor for the No. 65 overall pick, the first selection of the third round, also gave general manager Brandon Beane a bigger collection of assets to move up the board. How high he can get in the order and which quarterback he covets remains to be seen, but with Taylor gone and no established veteran quarterback brought aboard to replace him, there is an increasing probability the Bills take a home-run swing at a quarterback in the draft.

If the Bills intend for that draft selection to ease into his NFL career, McCarron could be a viable starting quarterback in the short term. In the best case scenario for Buffalo, he performs well enough to have trade value next offseason, when the reins could be turned over to the younger quarterback.


Continue reading at ESPN »