Despite picking up a crucial win this past Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released a former first-round pick. On Tuesday, the team decided to move on from Vernon Hargreaves.
Tampa Bay selected Hargreaves with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Most scouting reports had him graded among the top cornerbacks in his class.
Not only is Hargreaves having another disappointing season, he rubbed the coaching staff the wrong way by not hustling this past weekend.
Hargreaves was benched on Sunday for giving up on plays against the Cardinals. Fast forward two days later, and the Buccaneers made the ultimate statement by releasing him.
ESPN insider Adam Schefter broke the news about Tampa Bay releasing Hargreaves.
The former first-round pick will be available on waivers.
Buccaneers released former first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 12, 2019
Teams should have interest in the former Florida Gator, but there has to be some concern about his motor. The fact that Tampa Bay moved on from him could be a red flag.
In four seasons with the Buccaneers, Hargreaves has two interceptions and 19 passes defended.
Now that Hargreaves is out of the picture for Tampa Bay, the pressure falls on Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting to lead the secondary. They’ll be tasked with facing Michael Thomas and the New Orleans Saints this weekend.