Before free agent quarterback Brandon Weeden signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, the former Browns first-rounder had spoken with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Ian Rapoport with the NFL Network.
Weeden, 30, only spent two seasons in Cleveland, amassing 5,116 yards, 23 touchdowns, 26 picks and a completion percentage of 55.9 percent in 23 games played. He was waived on March 12 and became an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers the next day.
The Bengals figure to be in the market for a veteran backup quarterback but the remaining list of free agents isn't particularly strong.
There are two routes that Cincinnati could go, based on their overall connection with the team and/or their personnel. Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell, recently released, is a former quarterback in Oakland when current Bengals coordinator Hue Jackson was their head coach. Crickets. Moving on.
Another is former Bengals, Rams, Bills and Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was with Cincinnati in 2007 and 2008. We're not talking about a quarterback that would challenge Dalton as a starter, or be particularly effective on the field if Dalton is hurt. But as a mentor, we could see it. It's not like there's better options out there.