Bengals Release Morgan Trent to Make Room for Cedric Benson

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Starting quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns makes a pass down field under pressure from corner back Morgan Trent #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland during the third quarter at Browns Stadium season opener on September 11, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 27-17. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, the Cincinnati Bengals released cornerback Morgan Trent to make room for running back Cedric Benson, who was coming back from a one-game suspension.

Timing just wasn't on Trent's side. Fellow cornerback Adam Jones came off of the physically unable to perform list in the same week that Benson was to serve a one-game suspension for an arrest for assault in Texas during the offseason. Because Benson didn't count as a member of the team's active roster during his suspension, the team didn't have to cut anybody to bring Jones back to the team.

After the weekend was over, the NFL granted the Bengals a two-day exemption for Benson which would allow them to delay cutting somebody until Wednesday. Because of Adam Jones' return to the team, the Bengals decided that person would be Trent. 

Now the Bengals group of cornerbacks consists of Leon Hall, Nate Clements, Kelly Jennings and Adam Jones.

Trent was the team's sixth-round pick in the 2009 draft and was fairly instrumental in helping the Bengals tough defense sweep through the AFC North on their way to the playoffs in his rookie year. In his career, Trent has made 60 tackles, seven passes defensed and made one interception.

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