Week In Review: Cincinnati Bengals Sign Rookie Dre Kirkpatrick

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

After agreeing to terms on a four-year deal on Friday, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick became the earliest that a first-round rookie, drafted by the Bengals, signed his contract since Carson Palmer in 2003. The deal is reportedly worth $8.6 million with $7.84 million guaranteed with a previously unreported (that we know of) signing bonus worth $4.9 million.

The contract is roughly slotted as it should be, compared to the other selections drafted around Kirkpatrick. Of the four deals completed before his at No. 17, Kirkpatrick's contract is the first that's not entirely guaranteed. Bruce Irvin's deal with Seattle. Fully guaranteed. Quinton Coples' deal with New York. Fully guaranteed. Approximately 91.1 percent of Kirkpatrick's deal is guaranteed, followed by Melvin Ingram's deal with San Diego, which is 88.3 percent guaranteed.

Team Year Total Guar. Signing
No. 10 Luke Kuechly Carolina Four $12.58M $12.58M $7.58M
No. 12 Stephon Gilmore Buffalo Four $12.084M $12.084M $7.228M
No. 15 Bruce Irvin Seattle Four $9.32M $9.32M $5.23M
No. 16 Quinton Coples NY Jets Four $8.8M $8.8M $4.842M
No. 17 Dre Kirkpatrick Cincinnati Four $8.6M $7.840M $4.9M
No. 18 Melvin Ingram San Diego Four $8.39M $7.41M $4.54M

Kirkpatrick figures to compete for a starting job at training camp, possibly against Nate Clements, but a common sense selection if Leon Hall's rehabilitation is slowed.

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