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Bengals asked Giovani Bernard to take pay cut, so he asked to be cut

The Cincinnati Bengals have released a fan favorite in Giovani Bernard on Wednesday morning.

This is a business decision, as the Bengals are saving money in the running backs room. The Bengals were first in the NFL in cap space going to running backs, which is a position that many deem to be less valuable than others.

By cutting Bernard, the Bengals are saving $4.1 million in cap space. The Bengals recently re-signed Samaje Perine to two-year, $3.3 million deal. This means in 2021, the Bengals will save about $2 million in cap space for their RB2.