The Cincinnati Bengals are releasing safety Danieal Manning, according to a tweet by NFL Insider Tom Pelissero with USA Today Sports.
I'm told the #Bengals will cut veteran safety Danieal Manning.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 30, 2014
Cincinnati signed Manning to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million in early April. Due to a $100,000 signing bonus and $50,000 workout bonus, the Bengals will lose $150,000 in dead money but compared to the $1.32 million against the cap (you can do that math on your own), Cincinnati eventually saves.
Manning played 157 snaps during the preseason, which is the most on defense. He generated a Pro Football Focus score of +3.1, which was second to only Victor Hanson. Of the six passes that he covered against opposing quarterbacks, three were completed for 21 yards receiving. He also picked off a pass against the Indianapolis Colts, returning it for a touchdown.
Some argue that Manning's release suggests that the team will keep seven linebackers, with Marquise Flowers and Sean Porter filling up the bottom of that depth chart. Others say it's more disappointment in Manning himself.