Just barely edging out Atkins is cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick will make $9.6 million next season, which is nowhere near the elite cornerback contracts. Bengals fans in general don’t like Kirkpatrick’s deal, which keeps him as a Bengal until 2022. Indeed, it is a long term investment at an average value of over $10 million a year. However, if Kirkpatrick bounces back this year, it becomes a lot fairer of a contract. Playing next to William Jackson III next season will be a big help for him. Kirkpatrick’s deal isn’t ideal, but having him long term is not a bad thing for the Bengals.