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A look at Newhouse, Stanford contracts

3/26/2014

The Cincinnati Bengals added free agents Marshall Newhouse and R.J. Stanford this week and last in hopes of improving their depth at a pair of crucial positions.

Noted for his ability to be a "swing tackle" -- a first-off-the-bench offensive tackle who can play the left or right side -- Newhouse was signed to help fill a void left by Anthony Collins, who left via free agency for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Collins had been used as a utility tackle of sorts, most notably filling in at left tackle last season when Pro Bowler Andrew Whitworth was moved inside to left guard after Clint Boling's late-season ACL injury.

As for Stanford, the Bengals gained a cornerback who ought to provide them another player to mix in off the bench after Brandon Ghee left via free agency. In addition to playing in Cincinnati's defensive backfield, Stanford also could play special teams. With the Dolphins the past two seasons he excelled as a gunner on punt coverage teams.

Neither player was brought to Cincinnati with the expectation of being an every-down starter. Their contracts reflect as much.

Both were signed to the same one-year deal worth a total of $805,000. Of that, they are only guaranteed a $50,000 signing bonus. They both are to make $730,000 in base salary next year, with a $25,000 workout bonus added.

Among the reasons the Bengals felt it was important to bring Newhouse in from Green Bay was his relationship with quarterback Andy Dalton. Newhouse was Dalton's blind-side protector when they played at TCU together in 2008-10. As the Bengals keep working through ways to re-sign Dalton to a long-term contract -- his rookie deal expires next March -- they have started trying to surround him with more players who might be able to help his career.

In addition to Newhouse's signing last Friday, the Bengals last Thursday signed nine-year veteran quarterback Jason Campbell to serve as Dalton's backup. Campbell was added specifically to serve as a mentor for the 26-year-old starter; something Dalton didn't have in the locker room his first three seasons.

Here are breakdowns of Newhouse's and Stanford's contracts, provided by ESPN Stats & Information:

Marshall Newhouse 2014

Cap value: $805,000

Cash value: $805,000

Signing bonus: $50,000

Roster bonus: $0

Workout bonus: $25,000

Base salary: $730,000

Guaranteed money: $50,000

R.J. Stanford 2014

Cap value: $805,000

Cash value: $805,000

Signing bonus: $50,000

Roster bonus: $0

Workout bonus: $25,000

Base salary: $730,000

Guaranteed money: $50,000