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Bengals Release RB Giovani Bernard

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The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the club announced Wednesday.

Selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of North Carolina, Bernard has played his entire eight-year career in Cincinnati.

He has rushed for rushed for 3,697 career yards and 22 touchdowns.

Bernard has also been a reliable pass catcher throughout his career. His 342 career receptions are the most by a running back in franchise history.

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Bernard’s departure does not necessarily come as a surprise, as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported the Bengals were actively trying to trade the running back late last month.

By cutting Bernard, Cincinnati will save over $4 million against the salary cap.

Wednesday’s announcement is just the latest move for a Bengals franchise entering a new era. They traded pass rusher Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks last season and released defensive tackle Geno Atkins a few weeks ago. Long-time wide receiver A.J. Green left in free agency, signing with the Arizona Cardinals.

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