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Could Joe Mixon be a cap casualty for Bengals?

2/26/2023 7:50:58 PM
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Running back Joe Mixon could be a cap casualty for the Cincinnati Bengals this offseason according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic.

We would normally take reports like this with a grain of salt considering Mixon is an integral part of a powerful offense but Morrison writes this sentence at the end of the capsule: "reallocating $7.3 million to more pressing needs feels closer to a certainty than a mere possibility."  The Bengals need to sign Tee Higgins and Joe Burrow to massive contract extensions this offseason and a big contract for wideout JaMarr Chase will likely come in 2024.  Not to mention continued upgrades for the defense and offensive line.  Releasing Mixon would save a lot of cap space, and releasing Mixon with a post-June 1 designation would save $10 million.

Mixon turns 27 in July and, while he is still an effective running back, his average rushing yards per game were his lowest since his rookie season and his ypc dropped to 3.9.  He still scored nine touchdowns but five of them came in one game and injuries are piling up.  Morrison writes the Bengals could look to draft a running back this year. With Samaje Perine also a free agent, a Mixon release would make the backfield a blank slate heading into free agency. 

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