Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/15/14

ORCHARD PARK, NY - October 6: Cornerback Nate Clements #22 and safety Coy Wire #27 of the Buffalo Bills knock down wide receiver Jerry Rice #80 of the Oakland Raiders during the NFL game on October 6, 2002 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Raiders won 49-31. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, there’s a good chance that Cincinnati Bengals rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick could end up starting at left corner right away.

Everything will depend on whether or not the Bengals are willing to pay Clements $5.5 million in 2012.  If they feel like Kirkpatrick can start as a rookie, Clements could be cut before June 1st.

The 32 year-old Clements had a solid season in 2011 with 55 tackles and 2 interceptions, but it may not be worth it for the Bengals to keep him around this year.

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