Former first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick has been released by the Cincinnati Bengals. Kirkpatrick started in 67 of his 99 games with the Bengals over the last eight years. Kirkpatrick was drafted with the 17th overall pick in the 2012 draft.

The cornerback amassed 302 tackles, 65 passes defended, 10 interceptions, three fumble recoveries, three sacks, returned two interceptions for touchdowns and forced one fumble in his eight-year career in Cincinnati.

The Bengals signed Kirkpatrick to a five-year contract in 2017 worth $52 million of which he earned $32 million. When taking his rookie contract into account, Kirkpatrick has earned $48.7 million over the course of his NFL career so far.

Kirkpatrick was a five-star recruit out of Gadsden City High School in Gadsden, Alabama in the class of 2009. He won two national championships, one SEC championships and was named Second Team All-SEC two times during his time at the Capstone.

The Begals released Kirkpatrick to relieve themselves of the financial burden of the final two seasons of his contract. Kirkpatrick ended the 2019 season on injured reserve after suffering a hyper-extended knee.

He will be free to sign with any NFL team as an unrestricted free agent.

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