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Bengals sign Dre Kirkpatrick

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Another first-round draft pick has signed his contract, as the NFL continues to see rookie signings at a record rate.

The Bengals have announced that Dre Kirkpatrick, the cornerback from Alabama taken with the 17th overall pick by Cincinnati, has signed his contract. As is standard for first-round contracts under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, it’s a four-year deal with an option for the fifth. Kirkpatrick will make a guaranteed $7.84 million.

Kirkpatrick joins a crowded field at cornerback in Cincinnati, with Leon Hall, Nate Clements, Terence Newman, Pacman Jones and Jason Allen all in the mix.

The signing of Kirkpatrick is yet another reminder that rookie holdouts (which were once commonplace in Cincinnati) are a thing of the past. The NFL said that as of last night, 147 draft picks had signed. Last year zero picks had signed by this point in the offseason because of the lockout, and two years ago only 13 draft picks had signed by the end of May.

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8 Responses to “Bengals sign Dre Kirkpatrick”
  1. stevincinci says: May 18, 2012 11:27 AM

    Leon Hall and Dre, with nickel and dime corners Terence and Adam Jones. Looks pretty intriguing. Oh yeah, Jason Allen ain’t bad either. Can’t see how they can keep them all.

  2. fallendelusion says: May 18, 2012 12:03 PM

    Don’t get too happy about the situation.

    Leon Hall is coming off an achilles. Achilles injuries can end careers. Hold your breath that he’s close to the player he once was. It’s kind of a longshot.

    Terence Newman might as well change his name to toast. The Cowboys didn’t want him and they were terrible in the secondary last year. Good for depth though. Adam Jones is okay if he stays healthy. Jason Allen is decent, but no star.

    I’m not trying to be a downer with this, just talking realistically.

  3. hrmand says: May 18, 2012 12:07 PM

    My guess is Jason Allen would take one of the spots usually reserved for safeties, since he’ll likely get some playing time there as well. Otherwise Clements might go from starter to training camp casualty.

    If Zimmer can get this bunch to play up to their potential this is the deepest group in the league. I mean that’s six former 1st round picks at CB. But then again, there’s a reason these player are in Cincy and not with the teams that originally drafted them.

  4. 1buckeye76 says: May 18, 2012 12:27 PM

    All comments above make valid points… can’t wait for training camp to see how it unfolds.

  5. sellout3871 says: May 18, 2012 12:49 PM

    fallendelusion says:May 18, 2012 12:03 PM

    Don’t get too happy about the situation.

    Leon Hall is coming off an achilles. Achilles injuries can end careers. Hold your breath that he’s close to the player he once was. It’s kind of a longshot.

    Terence Newman might as well change his name to toast. The Cowboys didn’t want him and they were terrible in the secondary last year. Good for depth though. Adam Jones is okay if he stays healthy. Jason Allen is decent, but no star.

    I’m not trying to be a downer with this, just talking realistically.

    ==================================
    Dude you’ve been Bunglized. There’s reason to be optomistic about this season. You should be excited, this is what we’ve all been waiting for for YEARS.

  6. 561bengal says: May 18, 2012 12:55 PM

    I LOVE the new CBA!

  7. biggestredmiami says: May 18, 2012 12:57 PM

    All comments above do make valid points, except for “Jason Allen ain’t bad either.” You’re wrong, he is terrible.

  8. jamesstinnett says: May 19, 2012 9:55 AM

    Jason Allen isnt bad.. and who cares he is going to be our 4th corner when Hall is healthy.. He provides good depth at that position. I really think that Dre is going to be an elite corner in the NFL. He didnt get a lot of picks at Bama, but thats simply because they didnt throw the ball anywhere near him for a reason. Hall and Dre is going to be the best CB duo in the NFL in 3 years.

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