Veteran running back Giovani Bernard has been released by the Bengals. Bernard apparently requested the release from Cincinnati after being asked to take a pay cut. He is now a free agent and is eligible to be signed by any team in the NFL.
The NFL’s Mike Garafolo reported the news via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.
Gio Bernard asked for his release and the #Bengals granted it, source says. The team had asked him to take a pay cut two weeks into free agency, which hurt his chances of landing elsewhere. But he's expected to find a new gig soon.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 7, 2021
Bernard has been in Cincinnati since he made his NFL debut in 2013. He has always been a threat in the receiving game and has put up more receiving yards than rushing yards in multiple years. His best year came during his rookie season, when he was featured far more often. In later years he fell into place as a third down back and receiving back, which made him valuable to the Bengals, but diminished his total yards.
Since Cincinnati released Bernard without making him take a pay cut, he is eligible for more money in free agency. Many teams may be interested in the veteran back, especially the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens.
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