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The Cincinnati Bengals never want to live without Joe Burrow, but if they have to, Jake Browning will be available for the foreseeable future. The organization tendered their backup quarterback, meaning he’ll be on the roster earning $915,000 next season.

That’s excellent news for Bengals fans who watched the former practice squad member admirably fill in for their star quarterback for seven starts last season. Along with some security under center, the Bengals also tendered Cal Adomitis, keeping their reliable long snapper in the fold for the 2024 NFL season.

In Burrow’s absence, Browning threw for 1,936 yards, 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing 70.4% of his passes. He also managed the lowest percentage of off-target throws in the league (9.8%).

As an exclusive rights free agent, Browning earns a set amount based on his number of accrued seasons. It also means the Bengals can do it again next year, keeping their highly economical backup for at least two years. Browning, for his part, feels he’s proven himself as a starter:

I feel like I’m one of the top 32 quarterbacks in the world, and I just so happen to be on a roster with a guy who’s proven that he’s a top five quarterback in the world. What that looks like going forward, I have no idea, nor do I have any control. So, I’m not going to think about it a ton.

Usually, when a starting QB of Burrow’s quality goes down, the fan base can kiss their season goodbye. However, the former practice squad member of the Minnesota Vikings and Bengals rose to the occasion, highlighted by an unforgettable performance in Week 13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Browning went 32-for-37 passing for 354 yards, two total touchdowns, and no picks. He also wasn’t just completing easy dink and dunk passes. Browning went 7-for-7 on passes over 10 air yards. That’s the most downfield completions without an incompletion since Week 16 of 2021, according to Next Gen Stats.

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