In an expected move, the Cincinnati Bengals have released center B.J. Finney, the team announced Friday.
Finney, a sixth-year player in 2021, was acquired by the Bengals on October 28th as a part of the trade that dealt Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks. Finney played in one game for the Bengals in the 10 weeks he was on the roster. He never took a snap on offense.
Originally a college free agent signee of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015, Finney spent five years in Pittsburgh before the Seahawks signed him to a two-year, $8 million deal in the 2020 offseason. He was projected to be a starter for the Seahawks entering last year, but remained a reserve player up until he was traded after Week 7. The Bengals inherited a portion of Finney’s 2020 base salary and the last remaining year on his deal.
Releasing Finney will save the Bengals $3.275 million in cap space with no dead cap as they prepare for the start of the new league year and unrestricted free agency on March 17th.