Cincinnati Bengals release veteran cornerback Trae Waynes after two seasons

Kelsey Conway
Cincinnati Enquirer

The Cincinnati Bengals released veteran cornerback Trae Waynes on Monday afternoon. 

It was an expected move after Waynes was unable to stay healthy and contribute on the field for a second consecutive year. The Bengals signed Waynes to a three-year deal worth $42 millions in free agency in 2020 in hopes he would be a starting lockdown cornerback. Waynes missed his entire first season with a pectoral injury. In training camp ahead of the 2021 season, Waynes suffered a hamstring injury and was unable to claim his starting spot after Eli Apple stepped in

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In two seasons with the Bengals, Waynes played in five regular-season games (four starts) and four postseason games in two seasons with the Bengals. Waynes, drafted in the first-round of the 2015 by the Minnesota Vikings, is likely nearing the end of his career as he’s 29 years old.

By releasing Waynes, the Bengals save around $10 million in cap space. The Bengals are likely to add a cornerback in the upcoming NFL Draft now with little depth behind Chidobe Awuzie and Apple.