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NFL notes: Failure to file paperwork costs the Browns a trade with Bengals for QB A.J. McCarron

NFL notes: Failure to file paperwork costs the Browns a trade with Bengals for QB A.J. McCarron

A proposed trade by the Cleveland Browns for Cincinnati Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron fell through when paperwork was not filed to the NFL before the 4 p.m. deadline, a league spokesman confirmed.

The teams had an agreement in place, sending McCarron to Cleveland for draft picks, but the required documentation — paperwork signed by both clubs — arrived in New York too late, said league spokesman Brian McCarthy. He did not provide any further detail about why the transaction wasn't finalized.

The Browns have spent much of the last two decades in a failed search to find their franchise quarterback. McCarron might not have been that answer either, but the 27-year-old...

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