Bengals Signing QB Brandon Allen & G Quinton Spain To Active Roster


According to Tom Pelissero, the Bengals are signing practice squad QB Brandon Allen to the active roster. 

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Cincinnati needs depth after the knee injury to Joe Burrow and Allen is the natural choice. He’ll presumably work behind new starting QB Ryan Finley

The Bengals will also promote G Quinton Spain from the practice squad to the active roster, per Ben Baby.

Allen, 28, is a former sixth-round pick out of Arkansas by the Jaguars back in 2016. He was entering the final year of a four-year, $2.4 million rookie contract when the Jaguars somewhat surprising waived him coming out of the preseason. 

The Rams claimed Allen off of waivers and he bounced on and off their practice squad for a few years. The Rams waived Allen coming out of the preseason last year and he was later claimed by the Broncos. 

Denver declined to tender Allen as a restricted free agent this offseason and he signed a one-year deal with the Bengals in August. Cincinnati waived him coming out of camp but re-signed him to the practice squad.

In 2019, Allen appeared in three games for the Broncos and completed 46.4 percent of his passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also rushed for 39 yards.

Spain, 29, wound up signing on with the Titans as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia back in 2014. He has managed to make the 53-man roster in each of his first three seasons in the NFL.

After playing out his rookie contract with Tennessee, Spain agreed to a one-year deal with the Bills last season. He later agreed to a three-year contract is worth $15 million with the Bills this past offseason but was released in recent weeks. He signed on with the Bengals’ practice squad.  

In 2020, Spain has appeared in four games for the Bills, making two starts for them, and two games for the Bengals with one start, all at guard. 

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