Breaking down Sam Montgomery's contract


CINCINNATI -- With 71 contracts in hand at the start of their offseason workout program, it appears the Cincinnati Bengals are about done with free agency this offseason.

More personnel additions or deletions could still come at any time, but it seems linebacker Sam Montgomery and punter T.J. Conley have put the veritable bow on this year's class of Bengals free agents. We broke down Conley's contract last week.

According to contract details provided by ESPN Stats & Information, Montgomery was signed earlier this month to a two-year deal that will pay him about $540,000 per year. He's slated to begin his tenure in Cincinnati with a cap value of $495,000 in 2014. He could make up to $585,000 in 2015.

Like Conley, none of Montgomery's contract is guaranteed. Montgomery's cap value in both seasons is equivalent to his base salary both years.

Recently signed linebacker Dontay Moch also has a guarantee-less contract, but he was signed, like Conley, to a one-year deal. It's quite likely that Moch, a 2011 Bengals draft pick, will be playing to stay off the chopping block when training camp opens in July. Without any guaranteed money, he could easily be a camp casualty. So could Montgomery, but by signing a multiyear deal, the odds of him getting cut are diminished slightly.

Conley isn't anticipated to make it past Aug. 28, the final preseason game. He was primarily signed to give the Bengals an additional kicker so they can keep starting punter Kevin Huber's legs fresh as he makes his return from a serious injury last season.

Montgomery came to Cincinnati in free agency after being released by the Texans in the middle of last season. He and two other players were alleged to have committed a violation involving marijuana before a road game.

With no bonuses or guaranteed money, Montgomery's contract is pretty straightforward. Here's the breakdown:


Cap value: $495,000

Cash value: $495,000

Signing bonus: $0

Roster bonus: $0

Workout bonus: $0

Base salary: $495,000

Guaranteed money: $0


Cap value: $585,000

Cash value: $585,000

Signing bonus: $0

Roster bonus: $0

Workout bonus: $0

Base salary: $585,000

Guaranteed money: $0