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Dre Kirkpatrick | Defensive Back | #27

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/26/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (17) / CIN
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Bengals re-signed LCB Dre Kirkpatrick to a five-year, $52.5 million contract.
The Bengals whiffed on retaining their best two offensive linemen in free agency. Their counter move is to keep a solid-if-unspectacular starting cornerback they did spend the last five years developing. Plus sized (6'2/186) and still only 27 years old, Kirkpatrick has nine interceptions over the past four seasons and has been an every-down player for the past two. Assuming the Bengals keep RCB Adam Jones, Kirkpatrick will return as the team's starting left corner. Mar 9 - 4:30 PM

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CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Bengals are "focused" on re-signing free agent CB Dre Kirkpatrick, and have "strong" money on the table.

The No. 17 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Kirkpatrick has been slow developing, but is coming off his best season. He turns 28 in October. reported last week that the Steelers and Titans have interest.
Mar 8 - 2:46 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers and Titans are interested in impending free agent CB Dre Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick has been something of a disappointment since being selected in the first round by the Bengals in 2012, but he is certain to get paid with plenty of teams in need of corner help. Both the Steelers and Titans make sense as possible destinations, although Tennessee has the cap space to operate closer to the top of the market if they so choose.
Mar 4 - 9:25 AM

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) is expected to be fine for Week 12.

Kirkpatrick went down late Sunday, but it ended up being only precautionary. Kirkpatrick has played 584 decent snaps this season.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 02:03:00 PM

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick is done for the day with a left knee injury in Week 11.

Kirkpatrick has been having a solid season by his standards, so this is a significant loss for a weak Bengals pass defense. His backup is Josh Shaw.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 03:38:00 PM

Bengals declared CB Dre Kirkpatrick, TE Tyler Eifert, WR Cody Core, CB KeiVarae Russell, OG Christian Westerman and DT DeShawn Williams inactive for Week 4 vs. the Dolphins.

Darqueze Dennard will slide into the starting lineup for Kirkpatrick. It's a concern for a defense that's been surprisingly leaky vs. the pass thus far.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 07:11:00 PM

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 4 against the Dolphins.

Kirkpatrick has been one of the least effective corners in the league since the beginning of last season, but it's still a loss for Thursday night against DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. Look for Darqueze Dennard to get the start opposite Adam Jones with Josh Shaw entering in sub-packages.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 03:44:00 PM

Bengals LCB Dre Kirkpatrick is recovering from shoulder surgery.

He'll be fine by training camp and has a good chance to participate in OTAs. Kirkpatrick revealed he suffered the shoulder injury in Week 3 last year, but he played through it, grading a lowly 116th among 118 qualifiers at Pro Football Focus. The Bengals used a first-round pick on William Jackson III, who along with Darqueze Dennard will push Kirkpatrick to start in camp.
Mon, May 2, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Dre Kirkpatrick is expected to start at left cornerback this season.

Darqueze Dennard is making a strong push but the job is still Kirkpatrick's to lose. Though ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey said neither player has been short on confidence this spring, Kirkpatrick got most of the first-team reps at minicamp. Dennard came on strong late last season, recording three interceptions over his last three games. Two of those came against Peyton Manning in Week 16.
Sun, Jun 21, 2015 12:21:00 PM

Bengals exercised their fifth-year option on CB Dre Kirkpatrick.

The option is guaranteed for injury only and is worth roughly $7.5 million. Kirkpatrick has started just five games since the Bengals made him a first-round pick in 2012 and played just 28.3 percent of the snaps last year. He'll be counted on for a far bigger role this year with Terence Newman now in Minnesota.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 11:31:00 AM

The Bengals are focused on extensions for CB Dre Kirkpatrick and RG Kevin Zeitler.

Kirkpatrick played on just 28.3 percent of the snaps a year ago and has started just five games since the Bengals made him a first-round pick in 2012. Zeitler's contributions have been far greater as he's been the starting right guard for three straight years and was PFF's No. 9 guard in 2014.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 08:07:00 AM

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick left Monday night's Week 2 tilt against the Steelers with a strained hamstring and is done for the night.

Kirkpatrick, the No. 17 overall pick in last year's draft, has mostly been limited to special teams through the first two weeks. He's behind Leon Hall, Adam Jones, and Terence Newman on the cornerback depth chart.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 11:26:00 PM

Bengals 2012 first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick is not expected to enter the season as a starter.

The Bengals re-signed Terence Newman and Pacman Jones, and considers them "entrenched" in Cincinnati's top three corners behind Leon Hall. An injury-prone disappointment to this point in his brief career, Kirkpatrick would need 35-year-old Newman's play or body to break down for major playing time.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 11:22:00 AM

Bengals second-year CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) will be held out of team drills until training camp.

Kirkpatrick's rookie year was washed out by injuries, as he fractured a knee bone last July, experienced tendinitis, suffered a Week 13 concussion, and underwent knee surgery in January. The Bengals are going to take it easy on Kirkpatrick, but he's so far done nothing to quiet the notion that Alabama players are consistently "banged up" upon NFL entry. With Terence Newman back, Kirkpatrick will need a big (and healthy) training camp to win the starting left cornerback job.
Wed, May 15, 2013 07:08:00 PM

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp.

A preseason fracture in his knee and Week 13 concussion essentially forced Kirkpatrick to take a redshirt season in 2012. He'll be counted on as a starter in 2013, even if free agents Terence Newman and Adam Jones return. "I'd like to have them back but that doesn't mean Kirkpatrick isn't better than all of them," said defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. "He could be the guy that's playing."
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 12:32:00 PM

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