During this turbulent atmosphere, the Cincinnati Bengals viewed the quarterback market from outside. He was eyeing Joe Burrows instead of Andy Dalton, and made no other changes from that position group. All indications and reports pointed to the team being satisfied.
Now, things can change.
Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reported that adding a fourth quarterback is not out of the question for the Bengals.
Hobson said, “The Burrow deal gives him three quarterbacks, but they can come on the market to pick the Giants as head coach Zac Taylor.”
Even under normal circumstances, carrying four quarterbacks has been a relative standard for Bengals in previous years. Just last year, the club roasted Jeff Driskell in the majority of the presidency, but after forgiving Driskell with an injury tackle, turned his attention towards Ryan Finale and Jake Dogella to backup Andy Dalton for the regular season .
Barrow only agreed to his rookie contract yesterday and will still be the unopposed starter when training camp officially begins. With COVID-19 still a threat to change this football season, it seeks to try and add some form of experience to the situation that Cincinnati needs this year.
Recent exercise squad expansion may also be a factor here. Having four extra spots could allow the team to hide current third-string quarterback Jake Dogla after a pregener-less August. The offense could theoretically run alongside Burrows, Ryan Finley as a veteran backup and active three.
Names such as Drew Stanton, Josh McConn and Trevor Siemian are all available on the open market.