Right now, the Bengals are doing exactly what they need to be doing. You know, people are always under the assumption that just because we are not spending just to be spending means that we aren’t doing a good job. People are going to be upset that we didn’t attempt to sign Goldson, and that we didn’t get to sign Reggie Bush. The fact of the matter is that the two of those guys came at a price far beyond what we should spend. We have a great group of young core players on our team that will be due for extensions soon, and if we end up overspending at positions we could address in the draft instead, we will be at a disadvantage when we come to sign those core guys.
This is a wash for me. On one hand, signing a seasoned backup like Josh Johnson would allow us to have a veteran player familiar with the offense that could come in in a pinch if Andy were ever to have to come out. On the other hand, drafting someone like EJ Manuel out of Florida State or Zac Dysert from Miami (OH) would allow us to develop someone to fill in for an injured Dalton or, in a worse case scenario, be a candidate to replace Dalton if he ends up not being the guy for the job. Either way, this move is about competition. We need to have a guy that can sit behind Dalton and keep him motivated to improve his game.
It depends on the value that you can get. If there is a veteran QB out there who has some upside still, I’d sign him to have someone ready to play in case Dalton goes down. However, Dalton hasn’t shown he is a franchise QB yet. I wouldn’t be opposed to spending a mid round draft pick on a QB and grooming him as the backup and a guy who can push Dalton for that starting spot and hopefully push him to take that next step.
Then if Dalton doesn’t, you have other options.