Buccaneers cut Vernon Hargreaves

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The Buccaneers have had enough of Vernon Hargreaves.

Hargreaves, the cornerback who was benched on Sunday for not hustling, has been released, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

That means he’ll be available to any team that wants to claim him on waivers. Hargreaves is a former first-round draft pick who has started every game this season, so it’s possible some team will want him down the stretch, but there’s also a fairly big risk associated with picking him up: Hargreaves’ 2020 fifth-year option salary of $9.954 million is guaranteed for injury, which means that if he were to suffer a serious injury this year that prevented him from playing next year, his new team would be on the hook for that salary.

Hargreaves was the No. 11 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

25 responses to “Buccaneers cut Vernon Hargreaves

  1. Holy crap!

    I can’t even remember the last 1st round pick of the Bucs that made it to their second contract.

  2. Hargreaves:
    “If that’s what coach saw, that’s what he saw. There’s no arguing it. I need to hustle, point-blank, end of discussion. And I’ll get better. I’m sure I’ll talk with him this week and we’ll get things straightened out, and we’ll see where to go from here.”

    You took your spot on the roster for granted. No you won’t get better. Glad you didn’t have to wait long to find out where you go from here.

  3. travman162 says:
    November 12, 2019 at 10:32 am

    You MUST be bad if you get cut from that secondary.


    Wouldn’t a bad secondary have a higher likelihood players of being cut?

  4. Bout time. We all had such high hopes for him coming out of UF but he just isn’t cut out for the NFL. He’s too slow, too short, too lazy, and is just checked out mentally. Goodbye and good riddance.

  5. studlysmartguy says:
    November 12, 2019 at 10:30 am
    Holy crap!

    I can’t even remember the last 1st round pick of the Bucs that made it to their second contract.

    Ever hear of Mike Evans?

  6. Small corner that plays to his size, not a good combination in a day where WRs are getting bigger and more physical… drafted too high at best a nickle dime player and not a returner…Arians wont put up with BS, never has

  7. I can’t imagine anyone would have traded for Hargreaves because of his $9.954M contract for next year. I seriously doubt anyone will even pick him up on waivers. Once he clears waivers some team will probably claim him but they better make sure he only gets paid through per-game roster bonuses. For guys like him money is the only motivator…which begs the question why even waste your time on someone who you can’t trust to exert any effort?

    Something tells me there was a lot more going on that not hustling on a play. That seemed like the last straw. If I were a team interested in him I’d be calling someone in TB to get the 411 before I made a mistake by signing this XFL player.

  8. I was highly disappointed in the Bucs when they drafted Vernon Hargreaves. What he shown with the Bucs is what he showed at Florida. When motivated he’s decent CB. Not great, but OK. However he does have a lazy streak where he just appears to go through the motions, and his coaches constantly have to stay on his butt trying to motivate him. Frankly I’m surprised he lasted this long!

    The Bucs have some young CB that have made some coverage mistakes, but they hustle and try to get better every game. It’s time to give these young players more time to show what their made of. As much as i hate to say it, it seems the Bucs are going anywhere again. Time to see what we have moving forward.

  9. I remember when the Giants were on the clock and I’m screaming DON’T DRAFT HARGRAEVES, TUNSIL IS RIGHT HERE…OR DECKER…NO NO NO HARGRAEVES !!!!!!!!!!!


    So many years, so many new remotes (throwing at wall joke…sort of).

  10. It’s also time to also cut our GM. This guy has been given way too much rope and his list of draft fails just keep piling up. He has been very bad in the 1st 2 rounds.

    I know that he’s Arians buddy but if Arians doesn’t like it he should be shown the door also. He hasn’t shown us much of anything so far either.

  11. Must be a personal or cumulative thing, no way he just gets straight released as opposed to internally disciplined because of one incident on Sunday.

  12. No no no, Mr Licht. You may fool the casual fan. Sure he may have not hustled in a play, but if he were a prominent player definitively in your future plans you wouldnt have cut him. The reality is that he hasnt played like a first rounder and that’s on you for picking him that high. So instead of admitting you were wrong, you found a way to absolve yourself of the horrible pick by cutting him for “not hustling”. It was a horrible pick just like your second round kicker Aguayo. I knew you and Steve Keim (Arizona’s GM) we’re drinking buddies, but you two obviously have the same thought process with regards to evaluating talent.

  13. I knew you and Steve Keim (Arizona’s GM) we’re drinking buddies, but you two obviously have the same thought process with regards to evaluating talent.

    They must be drinking during the draft.

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