Jan 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Giovani Bernard (25) holds off Philadelphia Eagles free safety Marcus Epps (22) in the third quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs re-signing RB Giovani Bernard for 2022

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are re-signing veteran running back Giovani Bernard for the 2022 season, NFL Network reported Friday.

Bernard, 30, played in 12 games with Tampa Bay last season. He caught 23 passes for 123 yards and three scores and rushed eight times for 58 yards.

Bernard also rushed 13 times for 44 yards and a touchdown and added five receptions for 39 yards in the Buccaneers’ 31-15 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC wild-card game.

He spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 127 career games (30 starts), Bernard has 3,755 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns and 365 receptions for 2,990 receiving yards with 14 TDs.

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Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball against Houston Texans linebacker Jonathan Greenard (52) during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Veteran RB Giovani Bernard signs 1-year deal with Bucs

Longtime Cincinnati Bengals running back has signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL Network reported Monday.

The Bengals cut Bernard last week after eight seasons.

Bernard, 29, played in 115 games (30 starts) for the Bengals since they drafted him in the second round in 2013. He rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns and caught 342 passes for 2,867 yards and 11 scores.

Bernard ranks seventh in Bengals history in rushing yards, just ahead of Joe Mixon (3,359).

Bucs coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Tom Brady actively recruited Bernard after he was released, per the report.

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Dec 31, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) celebrates in the end zone after  wide receiver Tyler Boyd (not pictured) fourth quarter touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals defeated Cincinnati Bengals 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after 8 seasons

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals released running back Giovani Bernard on Wednesday after eight seasons and more than 6,500 yards from scrimmage.

Bernard, 29, played in 115 games (30 starts) for the Bengals since they drafted him in the second round in 2013. He rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns and caught 342 passes for 2,867 yards and 11 scores.

The emergence of two-time 1,000-yard rusher Joe Mixon, 24, made Bernard expendable. Last September, Cincinnati gave Mixon a four-year, $48 million extension through the 2024 season.

NFL Network reported that Bernard requested his release. Other reports said the Bengals tried unsuccessfully to trade him and had asked him to take a pay cut. He was entering the final year of his contract and carried a $4.77 million cap hit, including $3.7 million in base salary.

Bernard ranks seventh in Bengals history in rushing yards, just ahead of Mixon (3,359).

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Oct 4, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) reacts after the Bengals defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals place RB Mixon (foot) on injured reserve

The Cincinnati Bengals placed running back Joe Mixon on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Mixon, who is nursing a right foot injury, will miss at least the next three games as a result of the move. He will be eligible to return against Dallas on Dec. 13.

Running back Giovani Bernard will continue to start for the Bengals (2-6-1) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET) against the Washington Football Team (2-7). The eighth-year veteran rushed eight times for 30 yards and added four catches for 17 yards in a 36-10 loss at Pittsburgh last Sunday.

Bernard, 28, has 76 offensive touches in nine games this season for Cincinnati with 380 yards from scrimmage and four total touchdowns.

Mixon, 24, sustained his injury in the first half of Cincinnati’s 31-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 18. He returned to the contest and finished with 18 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown.

Mixon has 119 carries for 428 yards and three touchdowns in six games with the Bengals this season. He also has reeled in 21 receptions for 138 yards and a score.

Mixon has rushed for 3,359 yards and 20 touchdowns and added 129 catches for 1,008 yards and five scores in 50 career games. He was selected by Cincinnati in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Oct 4, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) reacts after the Bengals defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals RB Mixon (foot) ruled out vs. Titans

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon has been ruled out for the second straight game with a foot injury, the team announced Friday.

Mixon will be joined by left tackle Jonah Williams (neck), center Trey Hopkins (concussion) and right tackle Bobby Hart (knee) in sitting out for the Bengals (1-5-1) on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans (5-1). Cornerback Darius Phillips is questionable with a knee injury.

Running back Giovani Bernard will get the start on Sunday against the Titans. The eighth-year veteran rushed 13 times for 37 yards and added five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 37-34 setback to Cleveland.

Bernard, 28, has rushed 25 times for 81 yards and one touchdown and has 21 catches for 174 yards in seven games this season.

Mixon, 24, sustained his injury in the first half of Cincinnati’s 31-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 18. He returned to the contest and finished with 18 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown.

Mixon has 119 carries for 428 yards and three touchdowns in six games with the Bengals this season. He also has reeled in 21 receptions for 138 yards and a score.

Mixon has rushed for 3,359 yards and 20 touchdowns and added 129 catches for 1,008 yards and five scores in 50 career games. He was selected by Cincinnati in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media