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 gives the Cardinals some added QB depth, with Carson Palmer 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 down the road be forced to sign one in the event of an injury.
Barkley was cut by the 49ers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Barkley's professional star has faded despite four seasons in the league. He played in seven games for the Bears in 2016, but his stint resulted in just an 8:14 TD:INT ratio. The 26-year-old failed to beat out C.J. Beathard for a backup gig with the 49ers, but there's still a possibility he finds a backup job elsewhere.
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