NFL 2022: Predicting one cap casualty for every team this offseason

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NFL 2022 Trae Waynes #26 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /

Cincinnati Bengals

Potential Cap Casualty: Trae Waynes

The Bengals are in a unique and great spot cap-wise moving forward. While they are already top AFC competitors with a young, star quarterback in Joe Burrow, they also happen to have one of the best cap situations in the NFL. This means that they won’t be forced to cut players this offseason unless they want to.

One of the players they may want to cut is Trae Waynes. The former Michigan State product has failed to live up to the three-year deal he signed with the Bengals, as he has only played in five games over the past two seasons.

With Cincinnati revamping their cornerback room, last offseason, and money to add to the group again, Waynes could be shown the door.

He would save the team around $10 million in cap space if he were released. Again, the Bengals don’t need to make this move, as they have plenty of space moving forward, but Waynes isn’t deserving of the deal he has right now.

Don’t be surprised to see him turned into a cap casualty and the Bengals to use his money elsewhere.