Raiders, Browns, 49ers also put in claim for Takk McKinley

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Pass rusher Takk McKinley was the 26th overall choice in 2017, selected four picks before the Steelers took T.J. Watt. The Falcons weren’t the only team that gave McKinley a high grade coming out of UCLA.

He also has only $875,000 left on his rookie contract for the remainder of the season, with none of it guaranteed.

So McKinley is a low-risk waiver claim for the Bengals.

And they weren’t the only team interested in McKinley.

The Raiders, Browns and 49ers also put in a claim, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. The Bengals, based on their record, were first in the claim order.

The Texans and Ravens were other teams that put in a claim for cornerback Corey Ballentine, according to Rapoport. The Giants released Ballentine on Tuesday, and the Jets, with the No. 1 priority, were awarded Ballentine on Wednesday.