Bengals keep cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick

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The Bengals lost 40 percent of their offensive line today already, but they kept a valuable member of their secondary.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Cincinnati held onto pending free agent cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

They collect first-round corners, but keeping Kirkpatrick was still a big move for them at a time when they need stability. With the uncertainty over Adam Jones, having him around lends some confidence.

Earlier in the day, they lost left tackle Andrew Whitworth and left guard Kevin Zeitler to big money deals.

13 responses to “Bengals keep cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick

  1. Still the same Bengals. Bringing back a weaker squad than the one the Steelers beat like a drum last year. When have they ever signed an impact player from another team?

  2. This sucks…rebuilding the O-line again. Dalton NEEDS to be protected…he’s not elusive nor poised enough under pressure to succeed. Whit was a class act and kept a fragile team together…poor move Mikey…time to retire.

  3. “hope they can bring in a free agent veteran lineman with the money from whit and zeitler.” You’d think they’d have to, but no. They can’t jeopardize the comp picks next year (for losing two of the league’s better offensive linemen) by signing actual players in free agency. They’ll, at best, pick up some guys that were released by their teams.

    “My guess is that they intended to let him walk, but losing Whitworth probably panicked them a bit.” Actually, it seemed the team’s plan all along was to give a big contract to the least valuable, most penalized of their Big Three free agents. Zeitler and Whitworth are far better players, yes, but they’re “just linemen”, so the team doesn’t feel they should get big money. Kirkpatrick is a corner, and corners are “premium players”, so they ended up doling out a big contract (presumably) to the 53rd rated defensive back in the NFL last year.

    Any wonder why the team’s all-time best coach is barely above .500 and they haven’t won a playoff game since ’91?

  4. All that cap room and they let players walk, it’s all about the money with Mike Brown.

  5. “Kirkpatrick is a corner, and corners are “premium players”, so they ended up doling out a big contract (presumably) to the 53rd rated defensive back in the NFL last year.”

    Dre isn’t an all star, but he has two big upsides – first, he’s had success against Antonio Brown, a guy they play 2-3 times a year. second, he can actually play the position while not being a head case. Considering the bulk of the Bengals CBs are young and haven’t proven anything, and considering Pacman is a head case and will be suspended if not cut, they need him.

    “They can’t jeopardize the comp picks next year (for losing two of the league’s better offensive linemen) by signing actual players in free agency. They’ll, at best, pick up some guys that were released by their teams.”

    Couldn’t agree more, they love their compensatory picks, and they tend to draft well. That said, when a guy performs well in his rookie contract, you need sign him and keep him in house (unlike Zeitler). They’ll likely resign Eric Winston and grab someone off the street as well.

  6. For the “ALL THAT CAP SPACE PEOPLE” you can’t over spend just because. Plus after rookie signings there is about 33 mil. And you have burfict and Dalton up next year to name a few so you should roll over 5 or so. And you have to have money put back invade someone gets hurt and you have a chance to grab someone off the streets. So let’s be generous and say 28 mil. That’s a whit and a dre or a zeitler and a dre. Or a few second tier guys. Not as much as it looks. Glad they didn’t overpay to keep whit. Zeitler is a little tougher but you can’t give tackle money to a gaurd. Order of importance qb wr tackle hb te center guard fb

  7. Giving a guard 12 million a year is insane…..he’s an above average guard at best. Not elite. Replaceable. Losing Whit stings….but giving a 35 year old left tackle 12 million per is almost as crazy as signing a guard for 12 million. Let’s see what they do with the $ before we jump off the cliff. Our O line was horrible last year and Zeit and Whit are not exempt from that….

  8. “Order of importance qb wr tackle hb te center guard fb”

    Ah, I see you weren’t a Bengals fan in the 90s, when their thinking was kind of like this. They didn’t start winning until they learned that teams with bad offensive lines are simply bad teams. There are always bad teams with good quarterbacks, bad teams with good receivers/runners, and even bad teams with good defenses. Know what you almost never see? Bad teams with good offensive lines. You also rarely see good teams with bad offensive lines. There’s a lesson to be learned there.

  9. Bengals should sign a couple more QB’s because you
    just know they’ll be getting hit a lot more this year.

    Poor Andy.

  10. Bronwen hombre or however you say it.haha as a fellow bengals fan that statement is absolutely spot on.

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