Bengals release starting C Kyle Cook

Starting center Kyle Cook is out in Cincinnati. (USATSI)
Starting center Kyle Cook is out in Cincinnati. (USATSI)

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The Cincinnati Bengals offensive line will have a slightly different look in 2014. Center Kyle Cook, who started all 16 regular season games for the Bengals in 2013, was released on Tuesday. Cook had been in Cincinnati since 2007 when he was on the team's practice squad. 

Cook took to Facebook to announce the release:

"Thank you Cincinnati for the memories... Looking forward to our next opportunity... Thank you everyone for the support these past seven years, we have made many friends and tons of great memories."

The Bengals then followed up Cook's Facebook post with an official announcement. 

Cook joined the Bengals in 2007 and spent the entire season on the team's practice squad. By 2009, Cook earned his way into the team's starting lineup. The 30-year-old center started all 16 games for the Bengals from 2009-11. Cook injured his foot in 2012 and only played in four games for Cincinnati, starting in two of them. 

Coming off the foot injury, Cook returned in 2013 to start in all 16 games. By releasing Cook, the Bengals will free up about $2.06 million in cap space, according to Overthecap.com. 

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