QB Matt Barkley signs two-year deal with Bengals
Quarterback Matt Barkley has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, he announced on his Twitter account Saturday.
According to team’s website, it’s a two-year deal for Barkley, who will serve as the backup to starter Andy Dalton.
Barkley, 27, was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. The USC product most recently played for the Chicago Bears in 2016, but he was with the San Francisco 49ers in training camp last year and was signed midseason by the Arizona Cardinals but never played.
It’s unknown if he’s capable. He played behind Ertz and Brent Celek for much of his time in Philadelphia, making just 63 catches in 61 career games. Burton finished with only 23 catches for 248 yards and five touchdowns for the Eagles in 2017, and he had just one game with over 50 yards receiving.
The Bears are hoping Burton keeps ascending as he takes over the No. 1 role at tight end in Chicago. But for now, he remains a big projection.
But in 2016, Fuller missed the entire season after a knee procedure performed in August. The Bears became frustrated with the amount of time it was taking for him to return and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio questioned publicly whether Fuller was trying hard enough to come back.
As a result, the Bears declined the fifth-year option on Fuller, making him a free agent after the 2017 season. Fuller came back and had the best year of his career, finishing third in the NFL in pass-breaks (22) and playing far more aggressively against the run than he had.
He started all 16 games and finished with 61 tackles and two interceptions.
The New York Jets entered free agency with the most available salary-cap space and took advantage by signing the top available cornerback, a starting running back, a new inside linebacker and two bridge quarterbacks.