"Every football player is for sale if the right offer comes along," Brown explained Wednesday, via Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "That's the nature of the business. Do I see something happening right now? I don't. 'Never' is a word you want to be careful about."
Before McCarron ever took a regular-season NFL snap, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported last June that Cincinnati's coaching staff had already arrived at the belief that the former Alabama star was "fully capable of becoming a starting-quality player."
Lewis elaborated on the team's reasoning during Tuesday's AFC coaches breakfast at the NFL's annual meeting.
Although both men are in the market for a starting quarterback, it seems that McCarron is off the table at any price.
Glennon is entering the final season of his rookie deal for a team still filling roster holes and hoping to climb above .500 if everything breaks right. McCarron is under contract at a cheap rate for the next two years on a team with Super Bowl aspirations.
It's easy to see why one organization would be amenable to a trade while the other is content to hold the line.