Esiason started four games as a rookie, and he took over the following season. The QB landed Pro Bowl honors in 1986, nearly throwing for 4,000 Yards and taking Cincinnati to ten wins. 1987 was a bad year for the Bengals, but they rebounded in ’88 winning the AP MVP and taking Cincinnati back to the Super Bowl. Sadly, the result was the same, as the Bengals lost to the team that beat them the first time, the 49ers.
Esiason was a Pro Bowler that year, and the year after, and while he was a Bengal, he was considered to be one of the better QBs in the NFL. The Bengals arguably traded him one year too soon, as Esiason was a Pro Bowler again in his first season there, 1993.
Overall, with the Bengals, Esiason threw for 27,149 Yards and 187 Touchdowns.