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Bengals part ways with injured QB Matt Barkley

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The team terminated Barkley’s contact and gave him an injury settlement. He was under contract through the 2019 season.

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The Bengals today terminated the contract of veteran quarterback Matt Barkley.

He had been on the Injured/Reserve list, but the team is now parting ways with him and giving the quarterback an injury settlement.

Barkley, a sixth-year player out of Southern California, played in all four preseason games for the Bengals and suffered a grade 3 MCL tear in the preseason finale against Indianapolis. He was placed on Injured/Reserve on September 1, during roster cuts.

Barkley signed to a two-year deal with the Bengals back in March, and had he remained on IR he would have been eligible to compete for a spot on the team next offseason. It’s somewhat interesting that the Bengals are moving on from Barkley as many thought he would have been the team’s backup quarterback had he stayed healthy.

The Bengals now have Andy Dalton, Jeff Driskel and practice squad quarterback Christian Hackenberg under contract. If healthy, Barkley is free to sign with another team.