Bengals News: Kevin Huber released after 14 years with team

Cincinnati Bengals, Kevin Huber
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The most recent Bengals news surrounds Kevin Huber being released from the roster on Monday as Cincinnati officially hands the starting punting job to Drue Chrisman.

Huber was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft after punting for the local Cincinnati Bearcats and went on to play in a franchise-record 216 games over the last 14 seasons. He is the Bengals' all-time leading punter and embodies a homegrown hero, and he even wrote a touching letter to the city of Cincinnati last season.

The 37-year-old reportedly has his eye on signing onto the Bengals' practice squad if he clears waivers on Tuesday.

Huber and Chrisman battled it out for the starting punting job this season with Huber initially getting the nod due to his veteran experience. After a stretch of underwhelming performances, however, Huber ultimately ceded the position to Chrisman in Week 11.

Cincinnati seems to trust Chrisman for the rest of the 2022 season, but having Huber stay on the team as a mentor could work in both sides' best interests.

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