Barkley signed with the Bengals on Saturday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Barkley was with the Cardinals for the final seven weeks of last season, but he hasn't played in a game since 2016, when he was picked off 14 times in seven appearances for the Bears. He joins Jeff Driskell (arm) on the Cincinnati depth chart behind Andy Dalton, with the Bengals likely planning to add a draft pick or another veteran before training camp. Barkley likely will need to compete for a roster spot.
Barkley has signed with the Cardinals. Barkley gives the Cardinals some added QB depth, with Carson Palmer (arm) on IR and current starter Drew Stanton dealing with a knee sprain. In any case, he's also behind Blaine Gabbert on the team's depth chart, so game action is not imminent for Barkley in his return to the team.
The Cardinals are expected to finalize a contract with Barkley ahead of the team's Week 11 game against the Texans, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports. Making his second start in place of Carson Palmer (arm) during Thursday's loss to the Seahawks, Drew Stanton was unable to escape the contest unscathed, with the veteran quarterback diagnosed with a sprained knee following the game. According to Mortensen, the Cardinals are fearful that Stanton could miss at least the Week 11 game with the injury, so Barkley will be brought in to provide additional depth. If Stanton is in fact ruled out for Week 11, Blaine Gabbert would likely start the contest while Barkley would act as the team's backup.
Barkley was reportedly one of three QBs who worked out for the Patriots on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. It remains to be seen if the Patriots add a quarterback in short order, or if the team is simply compiling a list of potential options to turn to should the team either choose to carry a third signal caller or be forced to sign one down the road in the event of injury.
Barkley will be the third-string quarterback in Saturday's preseason matchup with the Broncos, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports. Barkley had been the No. 2 option behind starting quarterback Brian Hoyer, but C.J. Beathard has ousted him for the primary backup role, at least for one game. The shift doesn't set anything in stone, but it's not a great sign for Barkley's chances at the backup position on the final roster.
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