Posted: 4:18 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013
By Josh Kirkendall
We didn't see this one coming.
According to Jason La Canfora with CBSSports.com, quarterback Greg McElroy is currently working on an injury settlement with the Jets, who released the quarterback on Saturday. Once that's finished, McElroy will "likely sign" with Cincinnati's practice squad, La Canfora tweets. McElroy, who ESPN recently reached out to for a job on College Game Day, injured his knee during practice prior to the Jets preseason finale, but the injury wasn't viewed as serious.
It's believed that the Bengals were obsessing over players on waivers to find a young quarterback that was eligible for the practice squad, giving them another layer of depth at quarterback if starter Andy Dalton or backup Josh Johnson (who may be used in specific packages) were to suffer an injury.
McElroy played two games (starting one) with the Jets in '12, completing 19 of 31 passes for 214 yards passing with a touchdown, interception, and a lost fumble.
However, there is a connecting-of-the-dots that may make some sense. The Bengals only signed seven players, leaving the eighth for later. If there's a hangup regarding the injury settlement, then the Bengals could be waiting for that conclusion before McElroy is allowed to sign a deal with Cincinnati.