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Buccaneers release former first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are waiving 2016 first-round pick, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

This comes only a couple of days after Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians decided to bench Hargreaves due to, as he puts it, a lack of hustle.

“He didn’t look like he was hustling to go in for a tackle,” said Arians on Sunday via ESPN.

After the game, Hargreaves didn’t argue with the decision and said he needs to make sure that going forward, he is always hustling.

“If that’s what voach saw, that’s what he saw,” said Hargreaves. “There’s no arguing it. I need to hustle, point-blank, end of discussion. And I’ll get better. I’m sure I’ll talk with him this week and we’ll get things straightened out, and we’ll see where to go from here.”

Hargreaves was drafted with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Florida and has started 34 games in his career. The Buccaneers had picked up the $9 million fifth-year option for the 202o season, but it was guaranteed only for injury.

With the Buccaneers releasing him and Hargreaves still being healthy, Tampa Bay will be off the hook for that $9 million.

This isn’t the first time that Hargreaves and Arians have had issues. Arians sat him during the first day of OTA’s because he said Hargreaves wasn’t mentally ready to practice, and he needed to get his mind right.