Bengals Release Dre Kirkpatrick

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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) stands on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Cincinnati. (Aaron Doster via AP)

The Bengals today terminated the contract of CB Dre Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick, a ninth-year player in 2020, originally was the first of two first-round draft picks of the Bengals in 2012 (selected 17th overall). He went on to play in 99 games (67 starts) for Cincinnati and totaled 291 career tackles, 10 INTs, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

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