Bengals waive Mark Walton

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These aren’t your father’s Bengals.

The team that once provided consistent safe harbor for players who found trouble away from the field has taken a stand, waiving running back Mark Walton.

The Bengals invested a fourth-round pick in Walton last year. But he has been arrested three times this offseason.

“It’s important for our team to get off to a fresh start as we begin the 2019 season,” coach Zac Taylor said in a statement. “For that reason, we felt it best if we move forward without Mark Walton. We hope his situation gets resolved, but we don’t want to take anything away from the good work that so many other players have already begun to demonstrate.”

Walton surrendered to authorities two days ago on felony charges of possession of a concealed weapon, marijuana possession, and reckless driving.

As a rookie, Walton appeared in fourteen games. He had 14 carries for 34 yards, and five catches for 41. The Miami native, who played at the University of Miami, will be subject to waivers. It would be a shock if anyone claims him.

44 responses to “Bengals waive Mark Walton

  1. Another young man throwing away a chance of a life time, sad, hopefully this guy gets some assistance turning his life around. Life is cruel when you have that Felon label!

  2. Good ole Bengals……

    I remember Lewis saying last year that Walton was the best player ln their board when the took him…….tells you everything you need to know about the Bengals scouting regime…..

    Everyone in Bengaland was shouting Maurice Hurst, Maurice Hurst!!!, but clearly Walton was the better pick (NOT)

  3. Perfect match for the Browns culture – nice try. Bengals third most arrested team in NFL since 2000. If you say it the facts don’t go away, but that would require,you know, some actual thinking. As Ben said – better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you you are clueless then open it and prove them right. Guess you proved it.

  4. Perfect match for the Browns culture – nice try. Bengals third most arrested team in NFL since 2000. If you say it the facts don’t go away, but that would require,you know, some actual thinking. As Ben said – better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you you are clueless then open it and prove them right. Guess you proved it.

    Wow. Someone got their little feelings hurt.

  5. Dude only get arrested 3 times and the team cut him?
    What happened to due process, man?
    Brother cain’t be gettin no justice up here in Cincinnati, ya feel me?

  6. Pretty surprised by all the comments about bad organizations, ‘should have waived Dalton’, etc. Walton had a very disappointing year and revealed a real problem this offseason; he’ll probably be suspended by the league; and the Bengals cut him, just like almost every other team would have done. I guess the old Bengals storylines will never go away, no matter how long ago it’s been.

  7. You saw how hard those guys in AAF were working to try to maybe get a first (or last) shot at the NFL.

    and this dude’s wasting his opportunity

  8. What a clever (but slightly underhanded) way to get people to click on the story – confuse the star quarterback’s last name with the player being cut in the message link.

  9. He had 14 carries for 34 yds.

    How will they make up for all that lost production????

    LOL

  10. Way to flush your NFL career down the toilet Mr. Dalton. This guy was a marginal player at best. He might have even been fighting for a roster spot for this coming season. It won’t be hard to replace a guy who mostly played on special teams. I guess he’s more concerned with gaining street cred than playing in the NFL. I’m sure he’s going to have regrets now that he’s ruined his opportunity in the NFL. He should have thought about that before going crazy this off-season. When you consider the off-season started in after the Bengals played their last game (December 30) that means he was arrested three times in the span of a little over two months (the last incident took place on March 12th). I predict his future will involve many more of the same issues.

  11. Nice to see a owner stand up to the players that are giving the game we love a black eye

  12. 84gpk says:
    April 6, 2019 at 3:30 pm
    Same old Bungles….feel for their fans…
    ______________
    Turnover is the best part of the NFL. When I was a kid the Redskins spent millions on free agent busts, the Browns drafted incompetent QB after inconsistent QB, the Steelers and Packers were models of consistency and team cohesion. What I look forward to most about this sport is the changing of the fan bases I feel sorry for. Dang Patriots… Ruining my lists.

  13. What these players cease to understand is that they represent multi million/billion dollar corporations (teams) and some teams are not willing to have their name always associated with bad acts past or present. IMO due process goes out the window when you have an idiot like Walton (who was a fringe player anyway)who has been arrested at least three times in the span of a few months. The Bengals have had some malcontents over the years and it is nice to see them not try to rehabilitate this loser. Let him clear waivers and work in the real world!

  14. Yep, easy to take a stand when the player is of marginal talent. Wonder if the result would be the same had this been Joe Mixon?

  15. Wouldn’t it be collusion if nobody claimed him? I mean, 31 other teams can’t possibly make a decision based off of what’s good for business.

  16. If his football career is indeed over, at least he has his University of Miami degree and/or education to fall back on. I am sure this is just a temporary bump in the road for this young man. Still all about the U baby!

  17. Judging by past actions, John Dorsey will claim him and have him in Cleveland by Tuesday.

  18. The Bengals scouts should have done a better job looking into Walton’s character. Their scouts also missed the fact that the linebacker they took in the 3rd round isn’t smart enough to understand NFL football.

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