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traderumor
05-03-2005, 05:23 PM
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Bengals release Hardy

Hardy appeared in 32 games over two seasons with the Bengals. (Bengals photo)

5-3-05, 2:15 p.m.
BY GEOFF HOBSON

In a transaction that had been anticipated since Draft Day, the Bengals released starting left outside linebacker Kevin Hardy and could pave the way for No. 1 draft pick David Pollack’s move into the starting lineup.

Hardy, who turns 32 the week training camp opens, joined the Bengals two years ago as one of head coach Marvin Lewis’ first major free-agent signings. He started 30 of 32 games and led the defense in snaps in 2003. Lewis signed the one-time Pro Bowler and No. 2 overall pick in the 1996 draft for his leadership as much as his talent.

With Hardy scheduled to make $2.8 million this season, the Bengals save about $1 million under the salary cap.

“Kevin’s leadership abilities and professionalism have been a huge asset to me and our football team, and this is a difficult decision to make,” Lewis said in a statement. “However, for Kevin’s ability to gain an opportunity with another team, this is the best timing. On behalf of the Bengals organization, I want to wish Kevin well and to thank him and his family for his contributions.”

Jaycint
05-03-2005, 05:31 PM
Best of luck to Kevin. I think he was a great influence on our young guys over the course of his two years here.

SunDeck
05-03-2005, 08:16 PM
Man, I know they needed to open up room, but I think they are going to miss him. When the 'gals make the playoffs, I hope someone calls him up and thanks him for what he brought to this young team.

Aceking
05-04-2005, 11:51 AM
This is a move that had to happen. Hardy was a great transition player. He got the Bengals to a new level. But, he's 32, and Marv has drafted 5 linebackers in his 3 years here. There were games last year that Hardy didn't register a single tackle. Having him on the field instead of Landon Johnson or David Pollack just doesn't make good football sense.

bomarl1969
05-05-2005, 02:41 PM
This is sad but I think overall its a good move. I really liked Hardy and I hope he'll go somewhere else and produce. Too bad you really can't keep someone around for the sole purpose of molding the younger players. Good luck Kevin!