3 Bengals free agents that we won’t miss if they sign elsewhere

Leigh Oleszczak
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2. Brandon Allen

When Joe Burrow went down with an injury in the 2020 season, Brandon Allen ended up starting five games. The former Arkansas quarterback only won one game during that time but he was re-signed as the backup for the 2021 season and fans were mostly okay with it. They knew what Allen was and hopefully the team wouldn’t need him to step in.

Allen only started one game this season and it was the season finale in Cleveland when most of the starters were sitting anyway. Allen wasn’t great in that one and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Bengals looked to add an older veteran to backup Burrow over these next few years.

If Burrow were to go down for an extended period of time, the Bengals’ season is probably hanging on by a thread anyway simply because a team is only as strong as their starting quarterback. But even if he had to miss a few games, do fans feel confident that Allen can keep the team afloat while Joey Franchise is out?

I actually discussed some potential backup quarterback options for 2022 and Allen, of course, made the cut. Like Apple, I won’t be shocked if Allen is retained for 2022 and maybe beyond but fans certainly wouldn’t be sad to see him go, especially if the team brought in a bigger and more experienced name as Burrow’s backup for this season.