By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III on Tuesday. His release comes just days after he was benched in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals.
Apparently, his benching was the last straw for the franchise, who cut times with the former first-round draft pick. He was the No. 11 overall pick by the Bucs in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The 24-year-old Tampa, Florida native made nine appearances, including nine starts this season. He had 39 tackles, one interception, including a 15-yard interception returned for a touchdown; one fumble recovery, and four pass deflections.
In his final game with the Cardinals before his release, he made two tackles and had one pass deflection.
He played in 46 defensive snaps in the game.
Hargreaves III appeared in at least 50% of the snaps in the previous eight games before the Cardinals contest. In the two previous games, he appeared in 97% of the defensive snaps in a 40-34 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
He also appeared in 90% of the defensive snaps in a 27-23 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
In fact, only two games during the season, he did not appear in at least 90% of the defensive snaps. Before the Cardinals game, he appeared in 88% of the defensive snaps in a Week 6 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
He was with the team for three plus seasons. In his career, he has appeared in 35 games, including 33 starts. He had 164 tackles, including four tackles for a loss.
Hargreaves III also had two interceptions, including the aforementioned 15-yard interception returned for a touchdown, two fumble recoveries, one fumble recovery, and 19 pass deflections.
The Bucs are now facing a dead cap hit of $4.5 million by making this move. In April, Tampa Bay exercised his 2020 option. They could be facing dead cap money next season by making his move, as well.