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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Breaking down Vincent Rey's contract

By Coley Harvey

Linebacker Vincent Rey will get $1 million guaranteed in 2014, the first year of a two-year deal he agreed to with the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday.

Rey

If he ends up making the full amount of his contract, he will end up receiving a nice annual bump in pay from what he had previously been making as an undrafted backup and special teams star. After receiving a career-high $630,000 in 2013, Rey will earn $1 million in base salary in 2014 and $2 million in base salary in 2015. With bonuses factored in, he holds an overall cap value of $2.1 million in each of the two seasons.

Rey was re-signed about a week and a half after receiving a low-round tender from the Bengals. He was one of three Bengals' restricted free agents to receive the tender that equaled $1.43 million. Receivers Andrew Hawkins and Dane Sanzenbacher also received the tenders. Hawkins currently holds a four-year, $13.6 million offer sheet from the Cleveland Browns that the Bengals have until 11:59 p.m. ET Tuesday to match. If they don't match it, Hawkins will leave for Cleveland, and the Bengals will be left empty-handed. Because each of the low-round tenders were undrafted free agents, the Bengals won't receive draft compensation if any of them signs with another team.

While he still was mostly a backup in 2013, Rey ended up having the best season of his career.

He set career-highs in tackles (47), sacks (4) and interceptions (2). Against the Ravens in Week 10, he became the only player in Bengals history to record three sacks and an interception in the same game. It is expected that he might start training camp behind Vontaze Burfict at the "Will" outside linebacker position, but he also could play at the middle, or "Mike," position after adequately relieving Rey Maualuga for three games there last season.

Here's a look at the breakdown of Rey's new Bengals contract (specifics come from ESPN's Stats & Information):

2014
Cap value: $2,100,000
Cash value: $2,100,000
Signing bonus: $0
Roster bonus: $1,000,000
Workout bonus: $100,000
Base salary: $1,000,000
Guaranteed money: $1,000,000

2015
Cap value: $2,100,000
Cash value: $2,100,000
Signing bonus: $0
Roster bonus: $0
Workout bonus: $100,000
Base salary: $2,000,000