The Cincinnati Bengals are releasing h-back Ryan Hewitt.
This isn’t a surprising move, but it is sad to see.
Hewitt commented on the news following the Bengals releasing their 53-man roster.
“Incredibly grateful for my time in Cincinnati!! Bummed it ends like this and I wish I could have had more of an impact on the field the last couple years. Good luck to the boys this year and excited to see what’s next,” Hewitt Tweeted.
Incredibly grateful for my time in Cincinnati!! Bummed it ends like this and I wish I could have had more of an impact on the field the last couple years. Good luck to the boys this year and excited to see what’s next!— Ryan Hewitt (@Huey_85) September 1, 2018
Hewitt has been with the team for the last four seasons working as a fullback, h-back and even a tight end at times. However, Hewitt’s role has diminished over the last two seasons, so much that he rarely saw the field in 2017. He played 11.02 percent of offensive snaps last season.
Hewitt originally joined the Bengals as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2014. He played a lot in his first two seasons, so much that the Bengals rewarded him with a three-year, $7.5 million contract extension in 2016. Since then, the Bengals have steadily decreased his role, marking one of their weirdest contract extensions in Bengals history.
By releasing Hewitt, the Bengals will save $1,981,250, according to Over The Cap. The Bengals will owe him $375,000 in dead cap money this year.
Hewitt had 22 catches for 220 yards in his time with the Bengals. Here’s to hoping he turns up elsewhere soon and gets utilized more.