The Cincinnati Bengals introduced yesterday that they have been releasing veteran working again Giovani Bernard, maybe finest recognized for, aside from his mustache, being the one working again drafted forward of former Pittsburgh Steelers All-Professional runner Le’Veon Bell within the second spherical in 2013.
Bernard has, up so far, spent the whole lot of his profession with the Bengals, all eight seasons. He signed two extensions in that point. He initially signed a three-year, $15.5 million extension in 2016, after which a second, two-year extension in 2019, price $10.3 million. The 2020 season was the primary extension yr. He would have been due $4.1 million this season, the cap area they save previous to roster displacement.
Provided that the Bengals have comfortably greater than $20 million in cap area, some have referred to as into query why they’ve determined to chop Bernard, a veteran and well-respected participant, if it wasn’t as a cap casualty. Cincinnati is traditionally and precisely recognized to be a frugal workforce, and this transfer doesn’t assist that picture.
But it surely does have Joe Mixon as their beginning RB, although accidents restricted him to simply six video games in 2020. Earlier this offseason, it additionally launched Geno Atkins, a multiple-time first-team All-Professional defensive deal with. It’s doable that they may think about bringing him again at a decrease price.
In line with the workforce’s personal web site, it’s “believed” that they tried to renegotiate Bernard’s contract, which, given the low quantities concerned, could have merely concerned Bernard being requested to simply accept a pay reduce from the $4.1 million in complete he could be owed.
Quite than retain Bernard, who rushed for 416 yards on 124 carries final season with 355 receiving yards and 6 complete touchdowns, the Bengals opted as an alternative to re-sign Samaje Perine, whom they first acquired in 2019 after which moved to their follow squad after a month. Perine was introduced again this previous season after being claimed off waivers, and he rushed for 301 yards on simply 63 makes an attempt with three touchdowns enjoying behind Bernard.
Trayveon Williams goes into his third yr after seeing his first motion final season. Although he had simply 25 dashing makes an attempt, he picked up 157 yards, with an extended of 55. He added 5 receptions on 5 targets for 60 yards.
There may be all the time the chance that they add one other working again to switch Bernard by way of the draft. That’s one thing that they actually haven’t been afraid to do. However their actual precedence must be fixing the offensive line. To that finish, they did commit cash to deal with Riley Reiff this offseason.