The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran running back Giovani Bernard, the club announced Wednesday.
We have released HB Giovani Bernard.— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 7, 2021
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.
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.