The Cincinnati Bengals could lose their backup quarterback, Brandon Allen, to free agency this offseason. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if Allen signed elsewhere as he didn’t show us enough to be impressed with him in the final game of the 2021 regular season.
If Allen isn’t retained, who could the Bengals end up bringing in to backup Joe Burrow in 2022 and maybe even beyond? This is an important question for the organization to answer this offseason, as injuries happen. If Burrow goes down, who does this team want to step in and fill in for him?
Let’s check out eight free-agent options and what they could offer Cincinnati if they chose to don the black stripes in 2022.
8. Teddy Bridgewater
I have Teddy Bridgewater last here not because he’s the least talented but because out of this bunch, he’s the most likely option to start somewhere. Bridgewater spent the past two seasons as a starter (2020 in Carolina and 2021 in Denver).
The Bengals faced Bridgewater late in the season and the former first-round pick was injured and had to leave the game on a stretcher. It was a sad sight but Bridgewater appears to be ready to return and start for a team in 2022.
If Bridgewater doesn’t get any starting offers, the Bengals should go after him as a backup. The journeyman quarterback went 5-0 as a spot starter for the Saints in 2019 and could easily step into the offense if Burrow ended up going down for an extended period of time.