Bernard, 29, has performed all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him within the second spherical in 2013. He has appeared in 115 video games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He additionally had 342 receptions for two,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The previous North Carolina participant was coming into the ultimate yr of a two-year extension he signed in September 2019. The Bengals will achieve $4.1 million in salary-cap financial savings with Bernard’s launch and incur solely $666,667 in useless cash in opposition to the cap, in keeping with Roster Administration System.
Bernard began a career-high 10 video games in 2020 as a result of Joe Mixon was out with a foot damage. His finest speeding efficiency was an 83-yard effort in a win over Pittsburgh on Monday Evening Soccer, the Bengals’ first victory over the Steelers since 2015. It was Bernard’s highest speeding whole since Week 16 of the 2017 season.
Mixon, who signed a four-year, $48 million extension final yr, tweeted Wednesday that he “cannot thank him sufficient for all he has meant to my profession.”
No higher good friend, teammate and mentor than @G_bernard25. I am going to at all times cherish our time collectively and might’t thank him sufficient for all he has meant to my profession. Wherever he goes is getting an amazing participant and even higher individual.
— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) April 7, 2021
The Bengals have parted methods with a number of notable veterans who have been a part of the crew’s playoff runs from 2011 to 2015. The crew launched former All-Professional defensive deal with Geno Atkins earlier this offseason and didn’t re-sign former Professional Bowl broad receiver A.J. Green.