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Report: Bengals release former first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick

Dre Kirkpatrick Bengals
Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY

The Cincinnati Bengals’ secondary is going to have a much different feel to it next season. Cincinnati has already signed former Minnesota Vikings corners Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander.

The team is now moving on from longtime starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick after eight largely unassuming seasons in Ohio.

Kirkpatrick, 30, was a first-round pick (17th overall) out of Alabama back in 2012. He entered the league with a ton of fanfare after showing out for the Crimson Tide in college.

Since then, Kirkpatrick has been a staple in Cincinnati. He’s started 67 games in eight seasons, recording 302 tackles, 65 passes defended and 10 interceptions.

It will be interesting to see where Kirkpatrick heads next. He’s a 6-foot-2 corner with physicality that certains teams value in the defensive secondary. There should be legit interest in his services on the open market, likely on a short-term contract.