Bengals Release QB Matt Barkley From IR With Settlement

The Cincinnati Bengals announced Wednesday that they’ve released QB Matt Barkley from the injured reserve with an injury settlement.

Barkley reportedly suffered a grade 3 MCL sprain during the preseason, which led to him being placed on injured reserve.

Barkley, 27, is a former fourth-round pick by the Eagles of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent two years with the Eagles before he was traded to the Cardinals in return for a seventh-round pick at the start of 2015 season.

Unfortunately, the Cardinals elected to waive Barkley coming out of the preseason 2016, but he later signed on to the Bears’ practice squad before being called up a few weeks into the regular season.

The 49ers signed Barkley to a contract last year, but he was unable to make the 53-man roster coming out of the preseason, but eventually caught on with the Cardinals to finish out the year.

Barkley signed a two-year, $3.35 million contract with the Bengals back in March before placing him on injured reserve coming out of the preseason.

In 2016, Barkley threw for 1,611 while completing 59.7 percent of his passes to go along with eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

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