Adding a veteran presence at quarterback with playoff experience
Having a veteran backup for teams with quarterbacks that were high draft picks has often been utilized as a way to mentor young players.
The Bengals decided to forego that route by letting Dalton leave in free agency. That left Finley as his backup. With Allen and Finley, the Bengals lack experience at QB.
Three veteran QBs who have had varying success would make good editions to the Bengals roster should Finley and potentially Allen not be able to make the offense viable or at the least to mentor them.
Blake Bortles is currently on the Denver Broncos practice squad after spending five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams. Bortles was the third overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft by Jacksonville. Bortles was 24-49 in Jacksonville, completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 17,649 yards.
Jacksonville won two playoff games in 2014 to reach the AFC Championship Game where they lost the New England Patriots. Bortles showed the ability to win in different types of games as the Jaguars defeated the Buffalo Bills 10-3 that season and Pittsburgh 45-42 to advance through the AFC Playoffs.
In five seasons with Jacksonville, Bortles had 103 TD passes and 75 interceptions. Adding a QB with playoff experience behind Burrow for the future would benefit the Bengals. Bortles completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 594 yards, three TDs and no interceptions in the Jaguars’ 2017 playoff run.