The Cincinnati Bengals are releasing veteran running back Giovani Bernard after failing to find any suitors via trade. That news comes straight from the Bengals on Wednesday, exactly three weeks after the start of free agency.
“We have released HB Giovani Bernard,” read a tweet from the team’s official account.
We have released HB Giovani Bernard.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 7, 2021
According to Mike Garafolo with the NFL Network, Bernard actually asked for his release.
Two weeks into free agency, the former second-round pick out of UNC was approached about taking a pay cut. That delay hurt Bernard’s chances of landing somewhere right away, but Garafolo says the 29-year-old running back should find a new home soon.
So where might that new landing spot be? Back in March, I highlighted a few potential fits, including my favorite: Tampa Bay.
Since then, the Bucs have re-signed Leonard Fournette, making a marriage with Bernard unlikely.
Still, there are plenty of other teams that could use his services. The Cardinals, Jets, Dolphins and even the Titans come to mind.
In eight seasons, Bernard has totaled 6,564 yards from scrimmage (3,697 rushing, 2,867 receiving) and 33 touchdowns. He’ll look to add to those numbers with a new team in 2021, and should have plenty of opportunities to do so.
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