Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden spoke with the Cincinnati Bengals before joining the Dallas Cowboys in free agency.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport broke the news:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2014
Weeden will now take his talents to Dallas to back up Tony Romo, but it’s interesting the polarizing signal-caller spoke with the Cincinnati front office.
It’s no secret the Bengals are adding a quarterback this offseason, although many figured the addition would come through the draft. Which makes sense—a young quarterback to push Andy Dalton in the final year of his deal and potentially take over the year after sounds like a move most fans would prefer.
So what does Weeden mean? Now a fourth-year pro, Weeden is already 30 years old. If one wants to classify him as a veteran (who has never completed more than 57.4 percent of his passes as a pro), then we can paint the narrative that the Bengals are simply on the hunt for an experienced backup and would like to extend Dalton’s contract.
Assuming this is the case, watch for the Bengals to continue to peruse the market for a backup in the coming days. If the team can go ahead and nail down a backup, the front office can avoid having to use draft selection on one and instead build the depth at other positions.
Potential candidates include Shaun Hill and Ryan Fitzpatrick (remember him?), among others. Nothing extraordinary. But a backup who can win games if Dalton goes down looks to be on the menu. Would Weeden have been that guy? Fans will mercifully never have to find out.