Bengals Waive DE Takk McKinley Following Failed Physical

The Bengals announced Tuesday they have waived DE Takk McKinley following a failed physical. 

Cincinnati also cut OT O’Shea Dugas from the practice squad. 

The Bengals had just claimed McKinley last week after the Falcons cut ties with the former first-round pick. But his stay in Cincinnati was short-lived. 

A number of other teams tried to claim McKinley the last time he was on waivers, so they’ll now have another shot at him. 

Atlanta waived him a week after he announced on Twitter that the Falcons turned down trade offers including a fifth and sixth-round pick for him at the deadline this year. 

McKinley said Atlanta also turned down a second-round pick at the trade deadline last year.

McKinley, 24, is a former first-round pick by the Falcons out of UCLA in the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $10.2 million rookie contract and is set to make a base salary of $1.85 million for the 2020 season. 

McKinley finished last year on the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2021 after the Falcons declined his fifth-year option.

In 2020, McKinley has appeared in four games for the Falcons and recorded eight total tackles, one sack and one pass defense. 

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