The Cincinnati Bengals released Giovani Bernard on Wednesday morning, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The veteran RB is now one of the best available free agents at the position. He's proven capable of handling lead-back duties when needed, while also serving as a strong receiving threat as an RB2/passing-down role player, with 30-plus receptions in each of his eight NFL seasons.
Plenty of teams can use a consistent, proven, versatile running back, so don't expect him to remain on the market for long.
Here are Bernard's most likely free agent landing spots.
Gio Bernard Free Agent Destinations
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be one of the most RB-needy teams in the NFL at this point, and that has them linked to Najee Harris in the draft. They already have a promising young rusher on the roster in Benny Snell, however. Snell's weakness comes as a receiver, and adding Bernard to complement Snell would leave the Steelers free to use their first-round pick on a more valuable position than running back. That's very important for a team that is low on cap space and will soon need to think about building for the future rather than going all-in around Ben Roethlisberger.
2. Arizona Cardinals
Bernard could very easily slot in as a Kenyan Drake replacement after the Arizona Cardinals let Drake walk in free agency. Like the Steelers, the Cards won't need Bernard to come in and be a workhorse, either. Chase Edmonds has shown a ton of promise, albeit over a small sample. Adding Bernard would complement Edmonds well, while also adding a layer of insurance if Edmonds doesn't live up to his potential.
3. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills are another team being linked to Najee Harris, but they showed very little interest in running the ball in 2020, so a first-round RB pick may not be the wisest move. Both Devin Singletary and 2020 rookie Zack Moss have struggled as receivers out of the backfield, and that's not what you want to see in one of the league's most pass-heavy offenses. Bernard could provide an upgrade on the cheap, and a running back-by-committee approach in Buffalo would make a lot more sense than burning a first-round pick on Harris.
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