A day after signing the first of their two second-round picks, the Bengals got the other one under contract as Giovani Bernard has signed. Bernard was the 37th overall pick in the draft and the first running back taken. His contract is expected to have a cap number of $955,153 this season. The total value of four-year deal should be around $5.253 million. In just two seasons at North Carolina, Bernard scored 31 touchdowns and averaged 5.9 yards per carry. He averaged 107.9 rushing yards and 144.9 yards from scrimmage per game. “Giovani is a dynamic guy, both running the football and catching it,” said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis in a statement. “And he was one of North Carolina’s hardest-working guys on the team, so he fits the mold of guys we like – not only good, but extremely hard-working.” Bernard got plenty of work during the rookie minicamp and the team’s first OTA practice on Tuesday as he is expected to add the change-of-pace element to the running game that has been lacking in recent seasons. He has drawn some comparisons to Ray Rice but as Lewis pointed out during rookie minicamp that Bernard is a little taller and heavier at this point.
RB Bernard under contract, 2 more draft picks to go
Cincinnati Enquirer | May 23