The Cincinnati Bengals have released Dre Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick was a first round pick in 2012 out of Alabama. Kirkpatrick started six games at cornerback in 2019 before suffering a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 10.

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