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Former Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick to sign a one-year deal with Arizona Cardinals

Dre Kirkpatrick yelling on the field for Cincinnati Bengals in 2016 vs. Steelers
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Is Dre Kirkpatrick heading to the desert?

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It looks to be that way for the former University of Alabama cornerback. After eight years (2012-19) with the Cincinnati Bengals, Kirkpatrick was released from the franchise on March 31 as a free agent. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the former five-star in the Crimson Tide’s 2009 recruiting class was visiting the Arizona Cardinals this weekend.

With it losing Robert Alford to a torn pectoral muscle on last week, the team desperately needs a cornerback — opposite Patrick Peterson.

In getting Kirkpatrick on a one-year deal, the Cardinals have someone who can immediately be impactful in the secondary. He would be reunited with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who helped him develop with the Bengals.

Kirkpatrick has totaled 302 tackles, 65 pass breakups and 10 interceptions for his career.

He was a two-time BCS National Champion at Alabama, and now he’s gets a fresh start in the National Football League.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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