Dennard was poised to leave in 2019 when he hit unrestricted free agency for the first time, but offseason knee surgery killed his market, leaving him to sign a one-year prove-it deal with the Bengals. While he missed the start of the season while on PUP, Dennard had a solid season overall that will hopefully net him a nice payday.
Unfortunately, it won’t be with the Bengals, who have cornerback William Jackson entering a contract year, while fellow starter Dre Kirkpatrick is someone the team needs to move on from. Had Dennard re-signed with the Bengals, the odds of Kirkpatrick being traded or released would have gone up.
The good thing is this news came right after the Bengals made a big splash signing D.J. Reader, which should help alleviate the pain of losing Dennard.