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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Thoughts on Bengals, mandatory spending

By James Walker

Will the Cincinnati Bengals have to spend their full resources?

We could find out soon if the NFLPA has its way with mandatory spending of the salary cap, which is one of the biggest sticking points remaining in the new collective bargaining agreement. The league wants a rookie wage scale, which the players are open to. But in return, veteran players want to make sure owners do not take all the extra money saved and keep it.

Mandatory spending could affect the Bengals perhaps more than any NFL team. Cincinnati often searches for cheaper alternatives in free agency to help with payroll.

Here are some additional thoughts on Cincinnati and mandatory spending: