Bengals waive Mark Walton before his sophomore season in the NFL

Posted at 2:16 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 14:27:18-04

CINCINNATI — After three arrests since January, the Cincinnati Bengals have waived running back Mark Walton before his sophomore season in the NFL.

Walton, 21, has had a tumultuous off-season, starting in January when he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Then, in February, he was charged with misdemeanor battery after he allegedly fought a woman inside of a parking garage, according to

Finally, Walton was arrested on Thursday after he ran from Miami police officers and was able to pull Taser barbs out of himself. Walton was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession, resisting arrest and reckless driving in connection with a high-speed car chase March 12 in North Miami-Dade.

“It’s important for our team to get off to a fresh start as we begin the 2019 season,” said head coach Zac Taylor. “For that reason, we felt it best if we move forward without Mark Walton. We hope his situation gets resolved, but we don’t want to take anything away from the good work that so many other players have already begun to demonstrate."

The Bengals drafted Walton in the fourth round last year out of the University of Miami. During his rookie season, he rushed 14 times for 34 yards, caught five passes for 41 yards and made five tackles on special teams.