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Matt Barkley | Quarterback

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 227
College: USC
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (98) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Bengals signed QB Matt Barkley to a two-year contract.
27-year-old Barkley managed an 8:14 TD-to-INT ratio across six starts for the 2016 Bears before generating minimal interest as a 2017 free agent, then closing out the season on the Cardinals' roster. In Cincinnati, Barkley will be the favorite to serve as Andy Dalton's top backup. Mar 17 - 11:34 AM

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Cardinals signed QB Matt Barkley.

Barkley spent the summer with the 49ers before getting beaten out by Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard and failing to force his way onto the team as the No. 3 passer. Barkley spent the 2015 season with coach Bruce Arians in Arizona.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 11:51:00 AM

Colts worked out free agent QBs Matt Barkley, Matt McGloin, Josh Johnson, and Connor Shaw on Monday.

The timing of these workouts is very interesting with Andrew Luck seeking a second opinion on his injured shoulder. Jacoby Brissett and Scott Tolzien currently top the depth chart.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 11:19:00 AM

Free agent QB Matt Barkley worked out for the Bengals on Thursday.

As did Matt McGloin and T.J. Yates. If that sounds familiar, it's because all three tried out for the Titans earlier this week. Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron are both healthy but the Bengals never signed a third quarterback after losing Jeff Driskel (hand) to injured reserve. Barkley was among San Francisco's final cuts this summer.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 05:01:00 PM

The Patriots worked out free agent QB Matt Barkley on Friday.

They also worked out David Fales and Matt McGloin. The Patriots are down to two quarterbacks after trading Jacoby Brissett to Indianapolis prior to final cuts last week. Barkley spent the summer with San Francisco but ultimately lost the backup role to third-round rookie C.J. Beathard.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 03:19:00 PM

49ers released QB Matt Barkley.

The writing was on the wall for Barkley when third-round rookie C.J. Beathard played ahead of him in the Niners' second and third preseason games. Barkley had a quiet preseason, completing just 13-of-21 passes for 197 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. With Barkley out of the mix, Beathard will open the year as the primary backup to Brian Hoyer in San Francisco.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 02:37:00 PM

49ers signed QB Matt Barkley, formerly of the Bears, to a two-year, $4-million contract.

Barkley started six games for the hapless Bears last season, completing 59.7 percent of his throws with an 8:14 TD:INT mark. He showed glimpses of competency at times, but Barkley completely fell apart the final month of the season, turning the ball over 11 times in the final three games. He threw five picks in a Week 16 home start against the Redskins. He'll have to win a backup job.
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 11:49:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 10-of-14 passes for 125 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

Barkley was benched in the fourth quarter in favor of David Fales. Barkley ultimately made six starts this season for a Bears team that finished 3-13, the worst record in franchise history since the NFL expanded to a 16-game schedule. The former fourth-rounder looked serviceable in his first few starts, but completely imploded the final three weeks, turning the ball over 11 times in three losses. Barkley isn't the future in Chicago and will have to compete for a roster spot if he's brought back. The Bears' main goal this offseason will be to find a quarterback.
Sun, Jan 1, 2017 04:12:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 24-of-40 passes for 323 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions in the Bears' 41-21, Week 16 loss to the Redskins.

After turning the ball over four times last week, Barkley came out like Santa and gift-wrapped five more turnovers to the Redskins in this one. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland each picked him off twice, while Will Blackmon got the other one. Barkley made some solid throws, particularly a 37-yard sideline shot to Alshon Jeffery that set up a dime to Cameron Meredith on the next play for a 21-yard touchdown just before halftime. Barkley has proved the past two weeks he isn't the answer for 2017. The Bears will wrap up their three-win season next week in Minnesota.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 30-of-43 passes for 362 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in the Bears' 30-27, Week 15 loss to the Packers.

Barkley also lost a fumble. It was a strong performance aside from the turnovers (how was the play Mrs. Lincoln?). Barkley's first pick was a first half hail mary. The second and third were just bad air mails. They were completely on Barkley. Nevertheless, Barkley flashed undeniable spunk, and kept dialing up downfield shots to keep the Bears in a game they almost got blown out of. Barkley has surpassed the 300-yard mark in 2-of-4 starts. He'll be on the streaming radar against the Redskins' leaky defense in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:53:00 PM

Bears coach John Fox said he has been "impressed" by Matt Barkley.

"He’s been thrown in on the road in Green Bay. He came in and started with a week’s work and performed well [against the Titans]," Fox said. "And then really to come here [against the Lions] on the road against a good football team in a loud environment, I just continue to be impressed by the kid’s performance." Barkley is not the long-term answer for Chicago, but he has shown well enough to earn a backup job either with the Bears or someone else this offseason. With Alshon Jeffery expected back this week, Barkley could be worth a look in two-quarterback leagues against the Packers.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 09:52:00 AM

Matt Barkley completed 20-of-32 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 14 loss to the Lions.

Barkley was lucky to avoid turnovers in this game because the Lions had multiple interception opportunities but couldn't reel them in. Although Barkley had early success as the Bears' fill-in quarterback, he is likely to get worse the more he plays as a career fringe No. 2/3 signal caller. With that said, he does have a good matchup against the Packers' leaky defense next and will be worthy of some two-quarterback-league consideration.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 11-of-18 passes for 192 yards in Week 13 against the 49ers.

Barkley wasn't asked to do much in a game with bad conditions. He had a would-be touchdown dropped, but was able to manage Chicago to a win. Barkley isn't on the streaming radar for Week 14 against Detroit.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:57:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 28-of-54 passes for 316 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Titans.

Barkley struggled early with two red-zone picks. He padded stats in the second half, throwing two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. It could have been a bigger game, but Barkley had a game-winning TD dropped on the final drive. Barkley looked shaky and doesn't have a supporting cast outside of Jordan Howard. Assuming Jay Cutler sits, he'll be a low-end streamer for a Week 13 matchup with the 49ers.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 05:12:00 PM

Matt Barkley completed 6-of-15 passes for 81 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions and rushed once for a loss of one yard Thursday in the Bears' Week 7 loss to the Packers.

He was thrown into the fire after Brian Hoyer left with a broken arm in the second quarter. Barkley was predictably awful, consistently missing his targets and showing very little pocket awareness. Both of his interceptions came while the Bears were in desperation mode late in the fourth quarter. The Bears were completely out of sync even before Barkley entered this train wreck of a game. The Vikings’ defense will be licking their chops next week with the overmatched Barkley under center. The Bears’ season is quickly unraveling.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 12:52:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2Matt Barkley
3Jeff Driskel
RB1Joe Mixon
2Giovani Bernard
3Brian Hill
4Tra Carson
5Jarveon Williams
GLB1Joe Mixon
2Giovani Bernard
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Joe Mixon
FB1Ryan Hewitt
WR11A.J. Green
2Josh Malone
3Cody Core
4John Ross
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Tyler Boyd
3Alex Erickson
4Kermit Whitfield
WR31Tyler Boyd
TE1Tyler Eifert
2Tyler Kroft
3C.J. Uzomah
4Cethan Carter
5Mason Schreck
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Cedric Ogbuehi
3Justin Murray
4Javarius Leamon
LG1Clint Boling
2Christian Westerman
C1T.J. Johnson
RG1Trey Hopkins
2Alex Redmond
3Oni Omoile
RT1Jake Fisher
2Kent Perkins
3Bobby Hart
K1Randy Bullock
2Jonathan Brown