Cincinnati Bengals Should Strongly Consider Ryan Fitzpatrick as a Backup Quarterback

By Dan Parzych
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While the starting job is Andy Dalton‘s to lose, the Cincinnati Bengals still need to sign a veteran quarterback before the start of the 2013 season now that Bruce Gradkowski is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, it looks like a familiar face could be returning to the Bengals following his recent release from the Buffalo BillsRyan Fitzpatrick.

The former Bills starter recently met with the team in Arizona and when it comes to bringing on a backup veteran–this may be Cincinnati’s best option for the 2013 season. Fitzpatrick is familiar with the Bengals organization considering he was with the team from 2007-08 and even started 12 games during the 2012 season.

Obviously, he won’t receive a hefty contract like he did in Buffalo, but it’s difficult to imagine the market is going to be big for Fitzpatrick–so this may be his best option.

As for the Bengals, the last thing they want is to to not have a reliable backup if something were to happen to Dalton during the regular season and Fitzpatrick may have been a disappointment over the last two seasons in Buffalo, but he’s also has experience. Plus, it’s safe to say Fitzpatrick’s numbers would be better with an offense as talented as Cincinnati’s compared to the type of weapons he had in Buffalo considering A.J. Green is arguably one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but bringing Fitzpatrick on board would certainly be the wise move for the Bengals as a backup.

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