Most fans of the Cincinnati Bengals want to see their team select a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft. Many are looking for some competition to push Andy Dalton, but many more are simply fed up with the incumbent’s inconsistent play and postseason failures. Either way, there’s not a lot of disagreement that the team could use an infusion of new blood under center.
When talking about possibilities in this draft, there are several names that have been mentioned. Derek Carr, Aaron Murray, and Logan Thomas, along with a few others, have all been hailed as possible future Bengals. One name that hadn’t been thrown out much, until now, is Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage. Per NFL Network’s Albert Breer:
Interesting one here — Pitt QB Tom Savage visited the Bengals in Cincinnati about a week ago. He’s the one QB they’ve brought to town.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 20, 2014
The fact that the Bengals thought enough of Savage to bring him in for a visit speaks volumes. Savage is a fast riser in draft circles, lauded for his big arm and ability to make every throw. The knock on him is his accuracy and his decision-making. In this regard, he’s the anti-Dalton, who lacks the arm strength, but is a savvy player.
The Bengals could certainly use a quarterback in this year’s selection process. Dalton is a free agent after the season, and it’s unclear if the team is willing to pay him big money to stick around. Savage, or another young passer, would have a year to learn and then compete for the starting spot in 2015, either against Dalton if he stays, or someone else if he’s not re-signed. Savage isn’t a name most fans considered, but he is obviously a player the team is at least considering.