McElroy spent the regular season on Bengals practice squad, after being waived with an injury settlement by New York Jets at conclusion of preseason ... Played in first Jets preseason game (11-for-19 for 145-1-0) and missed final three preseason games due to knee injury ... Originally a seventh round pick by the Jets in 2011, and played in two games in ’12 (one start) ... Led Alabama to victory over Texas in 2009 BCS national championship game.
Career transactions: Selected by N.Y. Jets in seventh round of 2011 NFL draft (208th overall) ... Signed with Jets on 7-29-11 ... Waived by Jets (injury settlement) on 9-2-13 ... Signed to Cincinnati practice squad on 9-4-13.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2011—Rookie led Jets in preseason completions (36) and passing yards (335), with two TDs and no INTs, but suffered thumb injury in preseason finale Sept. 1 vs. Philadelphia ... Placed on Reserve/Injured list on Sept. 4.
2012—Played in two games for Jets, with one start ... Saw his first regular-season action Dec. 2 vs. Arizona, relieving Mark Sanchez and leading Jets to their only score in 7-6 victory, a one-yard TD pass to Jeff Cumberland ... Started Dec. 23 vs. San Diego, and passed 14-for-24 for 185-0-1 in 27-17 loss ... Inactive for season finale, Dec. 30 at Buffalo, due to head injury.
COLLEGE: Played in 35 games at Alabama, starting his last 27 contests and compiling a 24-3 record ... Career passing totals of 436-for-658 (66.3 percent) for 5580 yards, 39 TDs and just 10 INTs ... Set school records for highest completion percentage and lowest interception percentage (1.52).
PERSONAL: Hometown is Southlake, Texas ... Attended Southlake Carroll High School, where he amassed 4687 yards with 56 TDs and just nine INTs in his only year as a starter, leading team to 2005 Class 5A state title ... Spent earlier high school seasons backing up Chase Daniel, 2004 National High School Player of the Year ... Earned degree from Alabama in business marketing, compiling 3.86 GPA, and later earned master’s degree in human environmental science, with concentration in sports management ... Four-time Academic All-Southeastern Conference selection ... Won Anson Mount Scholar-Athlete Award by Playboy Magazine in 2009 ... Chosen as ESPN Academic All-American of the Year ... Rhodes Scholarship finalist ... Father, Greg Sr., played football at University of Hawaii and is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Dallas Cowboys.
The Bengals kicked off free agency Thursday with a “Rey-union,” when then they re-signed middle linebacker Rey Maualuga to a three-year deal that that keeps him in Cincinnati through his 30th birthday.
The Bengals are trying to wrap up a couple of deals before free agency opens next week in an attempt to keep their offensive line intact and begin the effort to shore up their linebackers corps.
The Bengals are hoping to keep a few of their own this season in free agency, like middle backer Rey Maualuga. The model for what they do this March might be what they did three years ago.