Cincinnati Bengals Sign Quarterback

The Cincinnati Bengals are bringing in some competition at quarterback. Per the Athletic's Jay Morrison, the team is signing former Denver Broncos, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, and Chicago Bears quarterback Trevor Siemian to challenge for backup quarterback duties.

Siemian has started 30 games since entering the league as a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, compiling 7027 career passing yards with 42 passing touchdowns to 28 interceptions. He most recently appeared for the Bears in 2022, totalling 184 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Siemian has an existing relationship with current Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan, dating back to their time with the Denver Broncos. He'll likely compete with Jake Browning for a chance to serve as Joe Burrow's primary backup. Browning has been on and off the Bengals' roster since September 2021 and has never completed a regular season pass, so Siemian likely has the inside track.

Whoever wins the backup quarterback job isn't likely to see a lot of action. Over the past two seasons, QB2 Brandon Allen has attempted a mere 37 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. After a rookie season that ended prematurely with a torn ACL, Joe Burrow has proven himself one of the league's most reliable and capable starters.

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