The Cincinnati Bengals are far from done making moves.
This morning, they announced the release of B.W. Webb, whom they signed as a free agent just last year. John Miller was also a free agent signee of last year, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the team will release him next.
Bengals informed @RosenhausSports that they are releasing starting offensive guard John Miller, who they signed as a free agent last year.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2020
A former third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Miller spent the first four years of his career with the Buffalo Bills before signing a three-year, $16.5M contract with the Bengals last offseason. His contract was among the largest the Bengals ever gave out to a free agent from another team. He started 13 games at right guard for the battered Bengals’ offensive line and was one of their most consistent blockers when he wasn’t dealing with injuries.
Since the new league year starts later today at 4 p.m. EST, the Bengals can designate Miller as a post-June 1st release and save $3.9 million in salary cap space. If they release Miller before then, they’d actually take on more dead money than they’d earn in cap space, so expect the team to announce the move later today in the afternoon.
Rumors of competition coming to the right guard have been alive since the beginning of the offseason, but the complete removal of Miller is a surprising move nonetheless. Perhaps another move will be made to address the position.