Bengals release veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick

Bengals release veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick
BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 18: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts after a play in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Cincinnati — The Cincinnati Bengals announced today they have released defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick from the team. Kirkpatrick was a first-round draft pick by the Bengals back in 2012 out of the University of Alabama. The move will clear up $8.3 million in cap space.

Head coach Zac Taylor said “Dre was part of the Bengals’ organization for many years, and displayed passion, energy, and competitiveness both on and off the field. We appreciate his many contributions to our team and community over the years and wish him the best moving forward."

The team has been busy this offseason revamping their secondary. Joining the Orange and Black this year in the defensive backfield are corners Trae Wayne, Mackensie Alexander, and LeShaun Sims along with safety Von Bell.

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The team appears to also be moving on from another former first-round pick at defensive back in Darqueze Dennard who is an unrestricted free agent.