Thursday, April 3, 2014
A quick Bengals salary-cap update
By Coley Harvey
CINCINNATI -- According to the latest salary-cap figures, the Cincinnati Bengals are still in comparatively good shape with respect to their amount of remaining cap space.
The NFL Players Association's most recent salary-cap numbers from Thursday morning put the Bengals at $24,748,666 under the cap. ESPN Stats & Information's most recent salary-cap update has them at just more than $24.8 million.
The Bengals are one of five teams that still has more than $20 million in remaining cap space. The looming contract extensions for quarterback Andy Dalton, receiver A.J. Green and linebacker Vontaze Burfict are a big reason they still have so much money left. While the nearly $25 million may seem like a lot, it really isn't. Depending upon whatever deals the Bengals are able to set up with Dalton and Burfict, in particular, it should disappear rather quickly.
Cincinnati's front office doesn't like going over the cap but will spend right up to it. The money managers want to make sure the team not only has enough cash to pull off one or both of the Dalton and Burfict deals, but also enough to fairly compensate the 10 draft picks that will be selected in May, along with any other free agents who may surface this offseason.
The Bengals rolled over nearly $9 million from 2012, helping push their actual cap limit for 2014 to about $141.7 million.