Aug 22, 2020; Flowery Branch, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley takes the field and a football for training camp at the Falcons training facility. Mandatory Credit: Curtis Compton/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

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Bengals claim waived DE McKinley

The Cincinnati Bengals claimed former first-round pick Takk McKinley on waivers on Wednesday, two days after the Atlanta Falcons parted ways with the disgruntled defensive end.

The relationship between the Falcons and McKinley reached a breaking point when he criticized the Falcons for not trading him last week before the trade deadline. McKinley, 25, was upset in the offseason when Atlanta failed to pick up the fifth-year option (worth $10.05 million) of his rookie contract.

He is under contract with the Bengals (2-5-1) through the end of the season.

McKinley, who was selected 26th overall in 2017, had 79 tackles and 17.5 sacks in 49 games (25 starts) in four seasons with the Falcons. He recorded six sacks as a rookie and a career-best seven in his second season before his production fell off.

McKinley has been bothered by a groin injury this season and took part in just 85 defensive snaps. He has eight tackles and one sack in four games.

The Bengals traded defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks last month after he expressed displeasure over his playing time.

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