6 players the Bengals were right to move on from in 2022

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1. Trae Waynes

Hopefully this is the last post I do where I have to discuss Trae Waynes but how can he not be No. 1 on this list? The entire post is dedicated to chatting about the players who the Cincinnati Bengals were wise to move on from and Waynes fits that bill to a tee.

Waynes joined the Bengals in the 2020 offseason and it was a good signing at the time. Waynes wasn’t a superstar by any means but he was a durable cornerback and could help a secondary that was in need of some assistance.

Unfortunately, Waynes was injured before the 2020 season even got underway so the Bengals never got to see that help for their secondary. While he was available in training camp last offseason, he missed the first few games due to another injury and ended up playing in just five regular-season games with below-average play.

By the time the playoffs rolled around, Waynes was demoted to only playing on special teams. That’s not what the Bengals envisioned when they signed him to a three-year deal worth $42 million but it’s what they got. They wisely released him this offseason, saving $11 million in the process.

Trae Waynes was a no-brainer to part ways with and he’ll go down as one of the worst free-agent signings in Bengals history.

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It’s never fun to walk away from players but when it comes to these six players, the Cincinnati Bengals made the right decision.