The Cincinnati Bengals are entering their most important offseason in over three decades. Fresh off a Super Bowl loss, the stripes have to be aggressive with not just adding key players but getting rid of the ones who aren’t pushing the team to be better.
Let’s take a look at four members of the 2021 Cincinnati Bengals who don’t deserve another chance in 2022.
4. Vernon Hargreaves
I’ll start with the easiest name: Vernon Hargreaves.
Now, Hargreaves probably wasn’t going to be retained even before his stupid Super Bowl blunder, but that all but clinched it. In case you forgot (how could you forget?), Hargreaves ran onto the field to celebrate with the defense after Jessie Bates snagged a key interception near the end of the first half.
That led to the Bengals’ offense being backed up deep in their own territory and well, they didn’t take advantage of the interception. Hargreaves’ mistake didn’t necessarily cost the team the win but it’s sad that that’s now all the former first-round pick is going to be remembered for.
I could have put Hargreaves higher on the list but none of us are going to be surprised when he’s not retained for the 2022 season so I figured let’s just get him out of the way and move on.