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Report: Kyle Cook retiring after six seasons

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Center Kyle Cook never caught on with another team after being released by the Bengals in March and now it looks like he won’t be doing it in the future either.

Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Cook has decided to retire after six seasons. Cook went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2007, made his debut with the Bengals the next season and moved into the starting lineup in 2009. He started 66 games before his release, including all 16 last season.

Caplan writes that Cook was the best free agent center available, an opinion he shares with PFT’s Michael Wilkening, and that makes one wonder if he could be persuaded to rethink his decision if a team came calling after an injury during the regular season. Cook wasn’t great last season, but that kind of experience has value at an important spot on the offensive line.

The Bengals drafted center Russell Bodine in the fourth round and the signs coming out of Cincinnati are that he’ll be the starter come September 7.

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9 Responses to “Report: Kyle Cook retiring after six seasons”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:10 PM

    If anyone offers him an NFL paycheck he’ll be back.

  2. bengalsucker says: Aug 21, 2014 1:25 PM

    He was a smart center but ended up being a turnstyle here. He’d be a decent back up but would prob be better as a mentor to a young guy. Good luck Kyle! Wish you the best.

  3. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 21, 2014 1:38 PM

    WHO?????

  4. bengalskuta82 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:38 PM

    He came in and did a good job after Eric_Ghiaciuc became a disaster.
    Smart guy but physically he got pushed around after returning from injury last season.
    All the best in his next chapter

  5. bigd7387 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:55 PM

    As a diehard Bengals fan, Cook is horrible. Yes he was better than Ghiaciuc but that isn’t saying much. Cook, watch the playoff game from 2 years ago, single handily killed the Bengals and Dalton and the running game. He opened the flood gates on Dalton and the Texans pored in on many, many Offensive plays. Last year his blocking was horrific and he elevated his horrific play even more for the Chargers playoff game. He needs to stay away from any pro sports, I don’t wish that on anyone. Maybe the Browns, Steelers or Ravens or Jets. Never mind, 31 other teams should take him.

  6. bonniebengal says: Aug 21, 2014 2:09 PM

    He was a lot of the reason that Dalton had such a hard time in the playoffs. He couldn’t handle anybody and Dalton had zero time to throw. Our new Center, Russell Bodine, is stronger. I expect him to make a lot of mistakes as a rookie, but I like what he brings for the future.

  7. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 21, 2014 2:25 PM

    A 4th round rookie center against a Dick LeBeau defense? This guy might retire after Wk 14.

  8. whatjusthapped says: Aug 21, 2014 2:53 PM

    Is he related to the girl friend beating Chris Cook? If so, the Vikings might be interested.

  9. stew48 says: Aug 21, 2014 2:59 PM

    Me, I’m happy for him that he got 6 years. Now, he can move on and not have a Wesbster-like ending.

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