Bengals Release RB Giovani Bernard
According to NFL Network Mike Garafolo, the Cincinnati Bengals have released RB Giovani Bernard at his request after the team had approached him to take a pay cut. Bernard who has appeared in eight seasons with the Bengals was originally added in the second round out of North Carolina back in 2013. He played in 115 games (30 starts) rushing for 3697 yards and 22 TDs on 921 carries. He also was a significant contributor in the passing game, as his 342 career receptions are the most by a running back in Bengals history, and his 2867 receiving yards are second-most.
The fact that the Bengals a team with significant cap space (6th most in the NFL), approached Bernard looking for a reduction in salary is puzzling. It is especially puzzling for an organization that should be prioritizing the protection of franchise QB Joe Burrow. Giovani Bernard in addition to being a talented playmaker is one of the best pass protection backs in the NFL. The Bengals will now head into the NFL Draft with Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine, Trayveon Williams and Jacques Patrick on the depth chart at running back.
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