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Bengals trade Ryan Finley to Texans, per report

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After it was initially reported that Ryan Finley was being waived, the Cincinnati Bengals are instead trading him to the Houston Texans, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

Finley, who will be a third-year player in 2021, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Bengals in 2019. The team traded up to the top of the round to select the former North Carolina State star, a clear sign Zac Taylor believed Finley had a place in this league.

Unfortunately, the jury is still out as to whether Finley can even carve out a backup career in this league. In eight games and four starts with the Bengals, Finley threw for 638 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions on 58/199 passing (48.7%).

While it wasn’t great, Finley did help provide one of the best moments the franchise has enjoyed over the last five years, as he helped the Bengals upset the Steelers last season to end their 11-game winning streak over the guys in orange and black.

It’s unclear what compensation is involved, but it’s a win nonetheless for the Bengals to get something out of a guy they were planning to cut.

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