Sep 6, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) celebrates a sack against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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Reports: 49ers acquire DE McKinley off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers acquired defensive end Takk McKinley off waivers Wednesday, multiple outlets reported.

The Cincinnati Bengals waived the former first-round draft pick Tuesday after he failed a physical.

The Bengals acquired McKinley on Nov. 11, two days after he was waived by the Atlanta Falcons.

The relationship between the Falcons and McKinley reached a breaking point when he criticized the Falcons for not trading him 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.

McKinley, 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 2018 before his production fell off.

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

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