Bengals sign CB Dre Kirkpatrick

Updated: May 18, 2012, 4:36 PM ET
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CINCINNATI -- The Bengals signed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama to a four-year contract on Friday, the first time in nine years they've reached a deal so quickly with their top pick.

Agent Brian Overstreet told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Kirkpatrick received a four-year, $8.6 million max deal. Overstreet said $7.84 million was guaranteed on Kirkpatrick's deal.

Kirkpatrick was the first of Cincinnati's two picks in the opening round, going 17th overall. He's expected ...

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