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Bengals News (4/8): One last thank you

The Bengals released Giovani Bernard after eight seasons, and he exited with the same class that he played his entire career with.

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The Bengals continue to revamp their 2021 roster after the release of running back Giovani Bernard
Three weeks after moving on from their most tenured player on defense, the Bengals continued to revamp their roster Wednesday when they released their most tenured offensive player in running back Giovani Bernard.

Giovani Bernard began and ended his Bengals career with a thank you note
"This isn't a sad or sorry moment," said Bernard, hours after he was released. "I had my eight years there and I'm thankful to everyone there. The whole entire city, the whole entire front office. The coaches that are still there. The coaches that have been there. Everyone knows it's a business. It happens to everyone. I'm grateful and I'm excited about the next opportunity."

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Bengals show another veteran the door, release RB Bernard
Bernard, a fan favorite who had a year left on a two-year contract that would have paid him $4.1 million in 2021, played his entire eight-year NFL career in Cincinnati and established himself as a reliable blocking back and receiver. The 29-year-old Bernard became a starter for the last 10 games of 2020 after Joe Mixon suffered a foot injury.

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