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Bengals release troubled former Canes RB Walton

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Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

In a move that should surprise no one, the Cincinnati Bengals have decided to move on from troubled former Miami Hurricane running back Mark Walton.

After The Walton’s third arrest this offseason earlier in the week, the Bengals made the move official on Saturday afternoon:

As we wrote on Thursday, Walton’s latest troubles involving a police chase after authorities in Dade County caught him weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed earlier in March. They eventually chased Walton and discharged a taser and Walton, according to the police report, removed the prongs and continued to run. Miami police found a small amount of marijuana and a legally purchased rifle in his abandoned vehicle.

Walton turned himself in to Miami-Dade county authorities Thursday and it all but sealed his fate with Cincinnati.

That’s because, it’s not only time Walton has been in trouble, since the season ended.

As we wrote in February, he allegedly got into the dispute with a woman that he did not know, and was arrested by the Miami Police Department. The incident occurred in a parking garage at Walton’s residence over a dispute about Walton’s car blocking the entrance.

When an unidentified woman apparently attempted to record Walton using her cell phone, Walton grabbed the phone and struggled with the woman trying to get it back. Walton was taken into custody on a charge of battery.

The former Miami Hurricane was a 4th round pick of the Bengals a year ago who was active for 14 games but only carried the ball 14 times on the season for just 34 yards. He had an additional five catches for 41 yards on the year.

Walton is also awaiting a third different trial on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge from January of this year.

The Bengals fired Marvin Lewis at the end of the season and have just hired former Rams offensive coordinator Zach Taylor, as their new head coach.

Walton is likely facing NFL discipline for violations of the player conduct policy and this combined with the new coaching staff obiously, ended his time in Cincinnati.

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