Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron will be a free agent after the season. The team chose not to trade him before he enters the open market. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) 

Report: McCarron wins grievance against Bengals

CINCINNATI -- Bengals backup quarterback AJ McCarron won his grievance against the team and will be a free agent, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported citing an unnamed source. 

McCarron had argued he should have accrued an extra year toward free agency that the team denied him by putting him on the active roster too late his rookie season. McCarron missed training camp and most offseason practices that year due to shoulder soreness. 

He filed the grievance last November, days after a paperwork goof-up apparently spoiled a plan to trade McCarron to the Cleveland Browns. 

For soon-to-be free agent AJ McCarron, the ramifications are massive. A starting-caliber QB is now on the market. He wants to play, he’s gonna get paid a lot to play. And the #Bengals need a new backup.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 15, 2018

Still not naming a source, Rapoport also reported McCarron is due lost salary from his time off the active roster in 2014.