Bengals release Dre Kirkpatrick in defensive overhaul

CINCINNATI (AP) – The Bengals released starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on Tuesday, one more step to revise their secondary after a 2-14 season.

Kirkpatrick was a first round in 2012 and started 67 games in eight seasons. He missed 10 games last season with a knee injury.

Kirkpatrick was involved with

from the first season of coach Zac Taylor. He came to A.J. Green while breaking a pass during a 7-for-7 exercise in the first practice of training camp in Dayton, Ohio. Green landed awkwardly and sustained a serious injury to his left ankle, requiring surgery and surgery

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“Dre was part of the Bengal organization for many years and showed passion, energy and competitiveness both on and off the field,” said Taylor.

In his six games last season, Kirkpatrick had one bag, broke four passes, and got no interception. During his eight seasons, he had ten interceptions and three sacks.

It is the third move of the Bengals in free service to improve the secondary. They also brought cornerback B.W.Webb, who started 12 games last season due to Kirkpatrick’s injury, and signed an agreement with former Viking cornerback Trae Waynes.

Waynes and William Jackson III – a first round in 2016 – are expected to start next season.

Corner cornerback Darqueze Dennard – another first-round pick – is a free agent after six seasons in Cincinnati. He agreed to a three-year deal with Jacksonville, but could not agree on the final details and said goodbye to the Jaguars.

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