Bengals Free Agency: 5 potential replacements for Brandon Allen in 2022

Brandon Allen, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Bengals free agency will consist of the team looking for a backup quarterback, as Brandon Allen is a free agent. Who will they add to back up Joe Burrow? 

Most of the time, the backup quarterback is an afterthought. No one wants to hear or see the backup. Fans only hope that the franchise quarterback doesn’t get hurt.

However, that may not be the death curse people think it is. Just look at Jeff Hostetler for the Giants, Frank Reich for the Bills, or Nick Foles for the Eagles. When those teams’ starters went down everyone thought their season was over, but they all won Super Bowls.

With Burrow having that terrible injury in his rookie season, it’s not out of the question that the stripes will have to turn to their backup to make magic happen. Allen only had to start one game this season and that’s because Burrow sat out due to the Bengals clinching the division already. He’s a free agent and could be a possibility to be re-signed in 2022.

Let’s discuss him first.

Brandon Allen

Okay, so Brandon Allen can’t really be a replacement to himself but we’re including him as an option because it’s very realistic that the Bengals re-sign him. He knows the system and he has been serviceable when he’s started. Plus, he wouldn’t take up the cap space that a more seasoned vet or past starter would take.

The problem with re-signing Allen is that he’s not going to be able to carry this team for multiple games if Burrow were to miss an extended period of time. Most backup quarterbacks can’t do that but Allen, in particular, is not someone who can be heavily relied on.