In Bengals news, Joe Burrow has a new backup! Trevor Siemian signed with the team on a one-year deal. Also, Brandon Allen signed with the 49ers hours before Siemian's deal with the Bengals became official.
Siemian had visited with the Bengals a few weeks ago but no deal happened. When he visited, it made it pretty evident that the Bengals weren't all that interested in bringing back Allen, who had backed up Burrow for his first three seasons at the helm.
Siemian has been in the NFL since 2015 and started double-digit games for the Broncos in 2016 and 2017. He's since been a journeyman, spending the past four years with four different teams. Siemian started four games for the Saints in 2021 and started one for Chicago in 2022.
As for Allen, he signed with the 49ers who have three other quarterbacks on their roster. Allen was a nice piece for Cincinnati to have before everything started clicking but it was evident in the 2021 season finale that he wasn't the right backup option for the team moving forward. If Burrow were to miss more than a few games, no one is going to feel confident in Allen leading the charge.
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A lot of people tabbed the Kansas City Chiefs vs Philadelphia Eagles as the easy choice to have serve as the NFL's season opener but Maurice Jones-Drew said it should be Bengals vs Chiefs.
"As much as I hate to admit it sometimes, quarterbacks are king in this league, and Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow are setting the standard at the position right now. These two have faced off in the last two AFC Championship Games, with each winning one. Could this year's Kickoff Game give us a preview of a third straight AFC title game matchup? It's definitely possible."- Maurice Jones-Drew
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Bengals' biggest hole is tight end. They signed Irv Smith Jr. after losing Hayden Hurst in free agency but Smith has not been able to stay healthy during his career. If he misses time, it's Drew Sample as TE1. Need I say more?
2023 NFL Draft: Darnell Washington to Steelers, Jayden Reed to Packers headline best pick made by all 32 teams [Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports]
Andrei Iosivas received the honor of best pick for the Bengals. The sixth-round wideout from Princeton is someone who could end up working his way into a meaningful role.