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Cincinnati Bengals releasing Joe Mixon, per report

Barkley-Truaxby:Barkley Truax03/11/24


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The Cincinnati Bengals are releasing Joe Mixon, according to NFL insider Tom Pelissero. The news comes as the Bengals have reportedly signed Zach Moss to a two-year deal.

Mixon, a product of the Oklahoma Sooners, wrapped up the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season of his career with the Bengals this past season. He’s spent his entire seven-year career in Cincinnati.

He has played 97 games across seven seasons for the Bengals, totaling 6,413 yards and 49 touchdowns while averaging 4.1 yards per attempt across his career. Mixon was a vital part of the Bengals’ Super Bowl run in 2022, rushing for 814 yards and seven touchdowns that season.

More on the 2024 NFL offseason, free agency

The NFL 2024 calendar year begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 13. At that time, contracts running through 2023 officially run out, making those players free agents. Prior to the beginning of free agency, teams will have a chance to designate one franchise or transition tag player, starting on Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. ET and ending on March 5. Beginning March 11 through March 13 teams can enter into a legal negotiation with players who are set to become unrestricted free agents.

In addition to NFL free agency, the new year also marks the beginning of all trades being made official by the league office. April 19 marks the deadline to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets. On April 24, the deadline for teams to match restricted free agent offers sheets hits. Following the restricted free agent deadline comes the 2024 NFL Draft, which runs from April 25-27.

More on restricted, exclusive rights free agents

Players with only three years of accredited NFL experience become restricted free agents. Their original team will have the option to apply first-round, second-round, original-round, and right-of-fight-of-first-refusal tenders on players at escalating price tags. The higher the round, the more expensive the tender amount; however, if a separate team does offer a contract and the original team does not match, that round’s pick will be conveyed from the new team to the original team. Right of first refusal only gives a team the option to match or not. If they don’t match, they get nothing in return. An original-round tender would send a draft pick from whatever round the player was drafted back to the original team if they chose not to match. The original team will have five days to match once a player signs an offer sheet from a new team.