Bengals Exercise Option on Kevin Zeitler and Dre Kirkpatrick


Aug 24, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet on the field with gloves prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals have put off two free agent decisions until 2017 as they have optioned to exercise the fifth year option for both Kevin Zeitler and Dre Kirkpatrick. The move was reported by Albert Breer of via twitter:

The Bengals will be able to move into the draft with two positions, corner back and guard, a little more secure.

Dre Kirkpatrick saw a little more action playing all 16 games this past season, with two starts, as he recorded seven pass deflections, three interceptions, including a pick-six against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in their prime time win. He has picked up his ability in coverage and should see an increase in snaps next season to give him the chance to earn a longer contract.

Kevin Zeitler has been solid on the line since 2012 and will continue to guard Andy Dalton. He helped the Bengals rank third in the NFL for sacks allowed and sack yardage allowed. He was also instrumental in making the Bengals run game sixth in the league, a huge improvement over 2013. He is a nose to the grindstone guard and the Bengals should look to make him a long term solution in the Bengals offense for years to come, as long as he can stay healthy.

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