The Bengals have added a fourth quarterback to their roster, as Brad Kaaya has been claimed off of waivers by Cincinnati.
Kaaya joins Jeff Driskel and Tom Savage as the current backup quarterbacks to Andy Dalton. This is Kaaya’s fourth team in what will be his third year in the NFL.
Originally a sixth-round draft pick by the Detroit Lions in 2017, Kaaya lasted up until final cuts of that season until the Lions waived him. He was subsequently claimed by the Carolina Panthers, but then ended up back in Detroit in the middle of the season after he was waived by Carolina. Just a week after he was picked back up by the Lions, they waived him again.
Kaaya then was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts and stuck on the roster. He was waived in the middle of the preseason in 2018 with an injury designation but was picked back up again and went on injured reserve. He was waived again by the Colts this past Friday.
In his three seasons with the Miami Hurricanes, Kaaya became the school’s all-time leading passer. He led the ACC in passing efficiency in his true freshman season and was thought to be a promising NFL prospect early in his college career. The hype with Kaaya dwindled the closer the NFL got to him, and he’s been trying to find his place ever since.
Kaaya may not even last on the Bengals’ roster if they decide to invest a draft pick in a quarterback, but he’ll round out the quarterbacks room until then.