5 Cincinnati Bengals who won’t be back in 2022

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1. Trae Waynes

This feels like a no-brainer.

Bengals fans are fed up with Trae Waynes. The guy signed a $42 million deal last offseason and has played in just two games. That’s it — Two games. Even when Waynes was on the field, he wasn’t deserving of his contract.

If the Bengals cut ties with Waynes after this season — and it’s a safe assumption that they will — the dead cap is only $5 million. That definitely beats having to pay Waynes $10 million for the 2022 season, especially if he’s not going to be healthy enough to play.

Signing Waynes was a good move by the Bengals. They needed help in the secondary and he was one of the better cornerback options on the market. He wasn’t an oft-injured player during his half-decade in Minnesota so it’s not like the Bengals could have predicted that this would happen.

It’s an unfortunate situation but it’s a very safe bet that Waynes will not be a member of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2022 and for good reason.

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Who do you predict won’t be back with the team next year?