Bengals will release Dre Kirkpatrick

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The Bengals’ renovation of their cornerback group will apparently include the departure of Dre Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick posted a farewell message on his Instagram story on Tuesday that said he wanted to thank the fans, city and his teammates until they meet again. Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Bengals are going to release the 2012 first-round pick.

A knee injury limited Kirkpatrick to six games last season, which was his fifth as a full-time starter in Cincinnati. He posted 302 tackles, 10 interceptions, three sacks and a forced fumble during his time with the team.

Kirkpatrick was set to make base salaries of $9.4 million in 2020 and 2021. The Bengals will clear over $8.2 million in cap space with the move.

The Bengals have signed former Vikings corners Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander along with former Titan LeShaun Sims this month. They saw Darqueze Dennard agree to a deal with the Jaguars early in free agency, but that fell apart and he remains a free agent. Cincinnati also released B.W. Webb and re-signed Torry McTyer while Tony McRae signed with the Lions.

UPDATE 10:17 a.m. ET: The Bengals have announced the move.

17 responses to “Bengals will release Dre Kirkpatrick

  1. As the team continues to clear cap space, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see them get AJ his multi year deal before the start of the season.

  2. Don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you…
    PACMAN wannabe with a swagger FAR beyond his meager abilities.

    Thank God the Bengals are FINALLY doing things like a modern day NFL franchise.

  3. It was a massive mistake to give him that massive contract after a semi-ok year which was preceded by years of ineptitude. This dude was a penalty machine, had hands of stone, couldn’t tackle a grandma in a walker, and was good to get burnt on a big play at least once a game.

    It would annoy the poop out of me to see him flailing and grasping at the WR that just ran by him only to see an overthrown ball and him celebrating like he did something. Even if they had not signed a replacement, this would be addition by subtraction.

  4. Kirkpatrick can still play, but certainly is not worth that amount of cap hit. He’s not a top end corner, but you don’t have to worry about him giving up on a play (just watch that famous Bell stiff-arm-Kirkpatrick gets planted, but somehow still gets back up and back into the play. Have to admire his commitment, if nothing else) or being a locker room issue, and he has experience. After Lewis left, it was a given that a lot of his old favorites would be gone soon, so it’s not surprising that Kirkpatrick is out. We’ll see a lot more turnover on Cincy’s defense as well.

    He’s not a guy who will save your secondary, but Kirkpatrick can a solid veteran depth option on a team needing some help on the back end.

  5. buckdaddy24 says:
    March 31, 2020 at 10:16 am
    Dre was a solid pro in Cincy. Won’t take him long to find a new team.

    8 My guess is the Steelers sign him.


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  6. Regarding what the Bengals should do, my opinion is worth zero, but I’d give consideration to signing Cam Newton as my QB and draft Chase Young with my first pick.

  7. Just an OK CB for the most but too much $. Also it appears Cincy is looking for CBs that are physical tacklers. Too many long runs, missed tackles from the CBs and some Safeties.
    On another note, I’d take Dennard over Dre. Hopefully they go after him.

  8. Toast has left the building… Sure will miss his bad angles and arm tackling.

  9. Bengals fans — be very, very careful assuming Waynes is an upgrade from Kirkpatrick, particularly at Waynes’ contract price. You got a steal in Alexander though.

  10. Don’t forget that Joe Mixon is going to be a Free Agent after this season. (2020)
    Wouldn’t hurt to get his deal done sooner rather than later.

  11. purpleguy says:
    March 31, 2020 at 4:16 pm
    Bengals fans — be very, very careful assuming Waynes is an upgrade from Kirkpatrick, particularly at Waynes’ contract price. You got a steal in Alexander though.


    If nothing else he’s definitely an upgrade at run defense.

  12. Most frustrating Bengal…not good. Qb’s target him…Celebrated when receiver/qb drops/overthrows receiver! Can’t tackle or cover my grandma!!

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