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Kliff Kingsbury is a big fan of former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians

Kliff Kingsbury is a big fan of former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians

Vernon Hargreaves was benched by Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians for a lack of effort during Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals, and apparently that was the final straw for the former first-round pick.

"After thoughtful consideration over the past few weeks, Coach Arians and I came to the conclusion that we needed to make this change".

He was the third cornerback taken in the 2016 draft, behind fifth overall pick Jalen Ramsey and 10th overall pick Eli Apple, who was traded from the New York Giants to the New Orleans Saints during his third season.

It's clear Hargreaves didn't fit into the team's long-term plans, so better to part ways now rather than risk paying him more.

The Bucs cut ties with Hargreaves despite owning the league's worst pass defense, giving up 298 yards through the air per game.

After Sunday's game, Hargreaves didn't fight Arians' assessment of his play. "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".

In his Buccaneers career, Hargreaves played in 35 games (33 starts) and recorded 164 tackles, four tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one recovered fumble. The team has been relying on rookie corners Sean Murphy-Bunting, Jamel Dean, and Mike Edwards.