The two sides agreed to terms of a contract shortly after a report that the Bengals and Chiefs, among other teams, were inquiring about Dennard's services. With an increased snap count the last two seasons, he averaged 5.3 tackles per game while accumulating two interceptions (one pick-six), two sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 29 appearances. Expect Dennard to return to his role manning slot corner in Cincinnati.
Dennard has garnered interest from the Bengals, Chiefs and one more team as an unrestricted free agent, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Not coincidentally, Dennard's most productive seasons have come with an increased snap count. Receiving 78.5 of those on defense in 2017 and 59.8 percent last year with the Bengals, he notched 153 tackles, two interceptions (one pick-six), two sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery across 29 games. Wherever he lands, Dennard is a good bet to start considering the teams interested in his services.
Dennard recorded 68 tackles (54 solo), six passes defensed and two forced fumbles in 13 games in 2018.
Dennard tied his career high in passes defensed, though he didn't secure any interceptions this season. While not one of the league's dominant corners, the 2014 first-round pick is a decent starter and will likely see a similar role with Cincinnati once again in 2019.
Dennard (calf) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Dennard was limited in practice Thursday with the calf injury, but was able to participate fully in practice Friday. The 2014 first-round pick will most likely be available for the Bengals' Week 12 game against the Browns on Sunday.
Dennard (calf) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Dennard was downgraded to a limited practice Thursday after having fully participated to being the week. The 27-year-old has fully recovered from sternoclavicular injury suffered Week 6, but now appears to be managing a minor calf injury. It remains to be seen whether Dennard's calf troubles will impact his availability for Sunday's tilt against the Browns.
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