Bengals shore up QB depth with Trevor Siemiansign signing as Joe Burrow backup

Following last year’s backup quarterback Brandon Allen, the longtime backup for Joe Burrow, signing with the San Francisco 49ers, the Cincinnati Bengals have decided to add veteran backup QB Trevor Siemian to their roster for a free-agent visit.

Brandon got enrolled in the 49ers after spending three seasons with Cincy and played in 12 career games over this tenure, completing 61.5% of his passes and throwing for 1,096 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions.

Brandon Allen

The Bengals signed Trevor Siemian as possible Joe Burrow backup

NFL Network’s James Palmer tweeted that the Journeyman quarterback Trevor Siemian has agreed to a one-year deal to join the Bengals for the 2023 season and will be battling with Jake Browning to be the QB2 for the team who became the lone backup on the roster after the NFL Draft.

“I think it speaks to Jake Browning, number one, we feel like he’s continuing to grow. He’s the second guy in the room right now. I do think there are veterans out there right now, Brandon Allen being one of them that we will continue to talk to”, the Bengals coach Zac Taylor said.

Siemian was a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and won a Super Bowl with the franchise in 2016. During his past three seasons with the Broncos, he started in 24 games (out of 26) and completed 59.3% of his passes for 5,686 yards and 30 touchdowns with 24 interceptions.

The 31-year-old bounced around the league, signing with five different franchises after his tenure ended in Denver including the Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, and the Chicago Bears.

Trevor Siemian

Trevor spent his last season with the Bears in 2022 before getting released from the team in March this year and started one game (out of two), completing 15 of 26 passes for 184 yards with a touchdown and interception.

The Northwestern product has completed 58.9% of his career passes for 7,027 yards and 42 touchdowns and also tossed 28 interceptions to ink a 13-17 record as a starter.

Having a capable backup like Siemian will provide the team with added security and depth at the quarterback position.

Bengals fans will undoubtedly be hoping that Siemian won’t have to see much action on the field this season, however, they can take comfort in knowing the team has a reliable backup in place should the need arise.


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Maliha works as a content writer in Sportszion specializing in NFL and NBA. She has completed her graduation and post-graduation, majoring in MIS (Management Information Systems). She loves analyzing sports and keeping fans updated with the latest sport buzzes.


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