The New Orleans Saints are bringing in veteran cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick for a visit, first reported by Nader Mirfiq and now Ian Rapoport. The Saints have been in the market for a veteran CB since releasing Janoris Jenkins. Kirkpatrick spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals where he started 11 games and appeared in 14 with three interceptions. He played 506 coverage snaps with the Cardinals last year, per Pro Football Focus.
The #Saints are bringing in veteran FA CB Dre Kirkpatrick for a visit, source said. They’ve been in the market for a proven corner, and Kirkpatrick would make some sense. The long-time #Bengals starter who played for the #AZCardinals last year also recently visited the #Patriots.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 7, 2021
Kirkpatrick played in man coverage 43.3% of the time last season allowing a 66% completion percentage with two touchdowns and an interception. When in zone coverage 53.4% of the time, he surrendered a 64.9% completion percentage when targeted with no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Ex-Bengals CB played 8 seasons with Cincinnati tallying 10 interceptions and 302 tackles.
Kirkpatrick also met with New England Patriots on May 13th but no deal was done. He signed with the Arizona Cardinals last year on a one-year deal worth less than $2 million. Now, he could be looking for a similar deal with the Saints considering the cap issues.
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