Bills trade McCarron to the Raiders

September 1, 2018
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Shortly after the Buffalo Bills announced their roster cuts for the 2018 regular season, the team announced the trade of quarterback A.J. McCarron to the Oakland Raiders.

-- TRADE ALERT --

We've traded QB AJ McCarron to the Oakland Raiders for a 2019 5th round draft pick: https://t.co/4Ll4OAWyEI pic.twitter.com/OwPJKrtKMq

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 1, 2018

In exchange for the veteran quarterback, the Raiders give the Bills a fifth round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

According to ESPN's Field Yates, the fifth round pick next year is from the Pittsburgh Steelers. The pick was acquired by the Raiders last Monday in a trade that sent wide receiver Ryan Switzer to Pittsburgh.

Draft bookkeeping: the 2019 fifth-round pick the Bills acquired from Oakland for AJ McCarron is via Pittsburgh. That pick was a part of the Ryan Switzer trade.

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 2, 2018

In three preseason games with the Bills this summer, McCarron went a combined 23-of-50 for 284 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. In the second game against the Cleveland Browns, McCarron left the contest with some shoulder soreness after getting hit by Myles Garrett in the first quarter.

McCarron signed a two-year deal with the Bills earlier this year in free agency, and will now serve as the backup to Derek Carr in Oakland. The Raiders released former Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel and third-string quarterback Connor Cook as part of their roster cuts on Saturday.

As for the Bills, the team will now move forward with just two quarterbacks on the depth chart.