Report: Bengals have discussed Giovani Bernard trade

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Bengals running back Giovani Bernard could be on the move.

The Bengals have talked to multiple teams about the possibility of trading Bernard, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Trading or cutting Bernard would save the Bengals more than $4 million against this year’s cap. The Bengals are in good cap shape, but given that starting running back Joe Mixon has a cap number of more than $8.1 million, they probably think keeping Bernard at a price tag of more than $4 million is too much to commit at running back.

With Mixon injured for most of the season, Bernard played all 16 games and started 10 of them last year, but he had a fairly disappointing season running the ball, gaining just 416 yards on 124 carries. However, he did add 47 catches for 355 yards, and a team looking for a running back who can provide a receiving threat may be interested.

11 responses to “Report: Bengals have discussed Giovani Bernard trade

  1. 700 combined rushing/receiving yards behind that God awful line is an accomplishment in itself

  2. “but he had a fairly disappointing season running the ball” As a Bengals fan, I can tell you any RB would have had much the same behind that offensive line…

  3. He is 29 years old. You can get his production in the 5th round. The only person they have discussed it with is themselves cause there is no trade market for a back at his age and will count $4M against the cap. You draft a back late and pay him peanuts.

  4. Gio is a pretty good player still and a stellar human being and locker room presence. He has a contract that pays probably double a typical backup RB but there are likely teams which will pay for his skills and leadership.

  5. Gio is a playmaker and a great teammate. A very underrated back in my opinion. I’ll be very sad to see him go if he moves on from Cincinnati.

  6. A solid player from the previous coaching staff, so he needs to go. That’s apparently the ZT model of (no) success.

  7. No one is trading anything of value for a 29 year old backup running back making $4M+

  8. Yeah, I don’t see any team taking on his contract. They will probably have to cut him and then he’ll be able to sign with a team of his choosing. Not much money but it’s better than staying with the Bungles.

  9. Way more likely he takes a pay cut and stays, rather than get traded with that contract.

  10. Hopefully the renegotiate to keep him around. From a strictly business standpoint, cutting him makes sense based on his contract. But, he’s a solid veteran presence on a team that has purged a lot of the veteran leaders from the Marvin days (Dalton, Green, Dunlap, Atkins) and a fan favourite.

    And while he’s 29 years old, he’s never been an every-down guy (unless injuries in the RB group demanded it ), he’s got a lot more tread on his tires than the average 29 year old RB. If they don’t keep him, someone will get a solid addition to their team.

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