The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released former first round selection, Vernon Hargreaves.
The cornerback was benched in the third quarter of the Bucs’ Week 10 matchup against the Cardinals. According to NFL.com, Arians sat him after a 55-yard catch by Andy Isabella. He cited Hargreaves’ lack of hustle on the play as the reason.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted on Tuesday that he was released two days after the benching.
Buccaneers released former first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2019
Hargreaves was the 11th overall selection in the 2016 draft. Since coming into the league, he has only two interceptions and 19 passes defended. Although, he has only played in only 35 of 58 possible games.
He has an injury history including a hamstring tear, a groin strain and a shoulder tear. Clearly he has underperformed for a first round pick. It seems as if this lack of hustle was the final straw for Tampa Bay. Head coach Bruce Arians was quoted as saying, “He didn’t look like he was hustling to go in for a tackle,” in the post-game press conference.
The Bucs still have five corners on the roster after cutting Hargreaves. They continue their season against the 7-2 Saints on Sunday, November 17.
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