DE McKinley claimed by Bengals off waivers

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The Cincinnati Bengals claimed defensive end Takk McKinley off waivers Wednesday.

McKinley was waived by the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday after he called out the team for failing to trade him at the deadline.

The Bengals suddenly found themselves with a void at defensive end when the situation between the coaching staff and veteran Carlos Dunlap became untenable. Cincinnati opted to trade Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks for offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a 2021 seventh-round pick. McKinley was in a nearly identical situation with the Falcons before they ultimately cut him.


We’ve acquired DE @Takk McKinley on waivers from the Atlanta Falcons.

— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 11, 2020

McKinley had expressed his desire to be traded before the deadline, and he took to Twitter last week to say the Falcons turned down fifth- and sixth-round draft-pick offers from multiple teams despite his request.

The four-year veteran also said he requested a trade last year but Atlanta turned down a second-round pick offer for him. For extra measure, he included clown emojis in his tweet.

Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris then said McKinley would be held accountable for criticizing the team on social media.

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