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Trevor Siemian to Bengals after Brandon Allen joins 49ers

The Bengals have a new backup QB.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have a new backup quarterback.

Wednesday morning, news broke that former backup Brandon Allen was signing with the San Francisco 49ers.

Shortly thereafter, word came down that the Bengals were signing Trevor Siemian, who will now be the presumed QB2 in Cincinnati this fall.

NFL Network reporter James Palmer broke the news first.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Siemian actually visited the Bengals back on April 4th, so there’s been interest from both sides for at least a month. The former 2015 seventh-round pick of the Denver Broncos has played for six NFL teams and made 30 career starts with a 13-17 record.

Siemian’s best year came in 2016 when he went 8-6 as the Broncos’ starter. That included arguably the best performance of his NFL career on September 25th game vs. the Bengals, his first career road start. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 300 yards and complete four touchdowns with no interceptions in his first career road start, and the Broncos won the game 29–17.

However, inconsistent player and injuries would lead to Siemian starting just 10 games in 2017, then just six over the next five seasons.

For his career, Siemian has completed 58.9% of his passes for 7,027 yards and 42 touchdowns vs. 28 interceptions, good for an 81.1 passer rating.

Siemian will now compete with Jake Browning for the QB2 spot, though it’s likely that Siemian wins the job and the Bengals try to get Browning to the practice squad.

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