Bruce Arians and the Bucs front office made a move that came as a surprise on Tuesday when they released veteran cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. The former Gators standout was benched on Sunday for a lack of hustle and promptly cut two days later despite being the Bucs’ most veteran corner, sending a message to the rest of the team.

The topic of Hargreaves’ release was still very present in the locker room on Wednesday, and some of his former teammates gave their thoughts on the news.

“It was eye opening to me,” said quarterback Jameis Winston, who had been a teammate of Hargreaves for four seasons. “But I know Vern, I know the type of player that he is, I’ve been playing against him for a long time. I know he’s going to bounce back and be a superstar again.”

Rookie Sean Murphy-Bunting has only known Hargreaves since training camp, but playing the same position and spending all that time together had them form a natural bond. Murphy-Bunting expressed what Hargreaves meant to him, but also understands the nature of the business.

“It’s part of the game, you can’t really dwell on it,” Murphy-Bunting said. “That’s my brother now and forever, so he’s always got a friend in me. That was a decision that the GM felt they needed to make and just went on from there.”

Another rookie cornerback, Mazzi Wilkins, was just called up to the 53-man roster for the first time in his career after spending all season on the practice squad. He, like Murphy-Bunting, only knew Hargreaves for a year, but there’s familiarity again from playing the same position. Wilkins found the news as a surprise.

“It was shocking,” Wilkins said. “But that’s part of the business. I mean, that’s not my business, I mind my own business, really. I wish the best for him.”

 

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  1. Aw poor Hargraves wait Texans signed him he’s not poor anymore lol.

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  2. Have to think we tried tome him before the trade deadline and got no takers. If not, shame on us.

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  3. Can’t wait til Evans or Godwin torches him 😀

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    • I was a fan of VHIII until the past several weeks. He has the talent to succeed, but he’s been playing like he’s just going through the motions. Best of luck with the Texans’, except when the Bucs play them.

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      • Agree EricNV. His effort was ultimately his biggest weakness. He always had potential, but given his size and lack of top end speed, he was always going to need to put in extra work with his technique…and he doesn’t really seem like the type who would do that. I’ll be curious to see how he does with the Texans. The change of scenery might be the wake up call he needs to work on that part of his game…and I doubt he’ll ever slack on effort again since doing so will likely lose him his livelihood.

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  4. Winston, I know he’s going to be a superstar again one day. Excuse me, when was he ever a superstar? Maybe one day Winston will be a superstar again.

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  5. Now him become a star with the Texans. BucLife baby!

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  6. Now Watch him.

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    • Actually, I am sick of watching him…..you watch him.

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      • Great then TRAITOR..Watch another team!! lol

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  7. Yep. VHIII All Pro. OBTW he WAS a superstar at Florida.

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  8. Message sent…let’s hope it’s received by the players. VH3 had all the talent but none of the drive we want on this team. I just watched a video clip on social media today from draft day where they broke down his play and expressed concerns about his effort and speed. Unfortunately we overlooked it at the time but, better late than never I guess

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  9. I remember VHIII’s final game with Florida vs. Michigan in a bowl game. Obvious talent that went through the motions, never made a play and got beat all day long. Everybody chalked it up to him not wanting to risk injury, but I’ve seen that same guy play for the Bucs for the last four years.

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  10. A man with a lot of talent but questionable heart and hustle… I don’t wish him the best in football where you can give less than 100% and make millions. In other things and in health, I wish him the best.

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  11. 2016 draft bust. Took Hargreaves, could have had Jaylon Smith or Myles Jack. Took Noah Spence, could have hand Derrick Henry. Took Roberto Aguayo and could have hand anybody, even Von Bell or James Bradbury. Hindsight…

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  12. Twspin is another one of those idiot trolls who thinks every player the Bucs cut goes on to be a Pro Bowl player.
    Again, I challenge anyone to name any player he Bucs have cut over the past ten years other than Michael Bennett who went on to have pro bowl careers.
    Prove me wrong.

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    • Ummmmm……. Barron and Talib come to mind.

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    • Donald Penn (2018 Pro Bowl). Lol.

      “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt”

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      • Lets see Bradley Mcdougald, JR Sweezy and Darrelle Revis. I was tempted to say Legarrette Blount and Adrian Clayborne but after looking it up they just have Super Bowl Rings!!!

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  13. Message sent to Bucs players at 2 – 6 playing AZ play bad do not hustle and get cut and picked up by team in playoffs
    Hum what other Bucs will think watching Vernon in playoff games this Dec all the sudden Vernon finds his grove again huh

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    • LIke I said BAB, Watch the guy become a star with the Texans. He’s going to a playoff team. Sometimes what appears to be going South..heads North!

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  14. VH111 sucked. Lazy and also injury prone. Great move and way to send message that loafing isn’t going to be tolerated. Any team that has him starting and not special teams will be sorry when he gets torched over and over.

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    • Fredster send guy to playoff team from last NFC south to First AFC south that will teach him a lesson
      I SURE ALL BUCS WATCHING HIM IN PLAYOFFS WILL SAY THEY TAUGHT HIM A LESSON
      WHEN PLAYER DOGS ON PURPOSE YOU LET HIM SIT BENCH NOT PROMOTE HIM TO PLAYOFF TEAM
      PURE MORONS

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  15. The bottom line is that Hargreaves in the 1st round was an overreach! This is Licht’s fault. Too small, too slow, and not a high motor guy! I would like to hear Licht’s response to his release. Licht needs to respond about why his entire draft, excluding Ryan, is no longer on this team! Glazers need to respond as well. Is anyone minding the store?

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    • How many times are we going to go down this road. Licht is here as long as BA is here.

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    • You hit the nail square on its head there bucballer.

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  16. I am not sure what message this sends exactly?

    I get that they would never cut Evans for his lack luster effort in London, or Donovan Smith (and his regular move of taking a play or two off, to the detriment of Winston’s body) simply because we have never brought in a replacement LT (thanks Licht), but why VHIII and not Perriman who consistently jogs around the field dropping balls?

    Is the message, some guys have to hustle but others don’t?

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  17. GrayBalls, Barron has never been a Pro Bowl player anywhere and he was moved from safety to LB because his coverage skills were so poor.
    Aqib wasn’t waived he was traded because he was always in trouble and then challenged Raheem Morris, the head coach at the time, to a fight in London I believe.
    Very difficult to keep a sterling character like that on the team, especially when this town has clowns like you calling for the Bucs to trade every player they have as soon as they get a traffic ticket.

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  18. Makes you wonder if it wasn’t personal, eh?

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