With NFL teams being able to start using the franchise tag today, the teams with most cap room today are Tampa Bay ($67M under cap), Kansas City ($62M), Denver ($49M), Washington ($49M), and of course Cincinnati ($60M). With the minimum spending rule not set to take effect until next season and Bengals Owner Mike Brown being the black hole where potential free agent money goes to never be seen again, its unlikely that $60 million will be put to good use. After seeing free agent CB Stanford Routt sign for the Chiefs for a 3-year deal worth under $20 million, you have to wonder how much lower the Bengals offer was. Sure Routt struggled last year, but he has shown he can play at a Pro Bowl level when he has a good supporting cast in the defensive backfield, and three years for under $20 mill is a bargain for a player of his caliber. Sometimes I think Brown just schedules these free agent visits just to throw fans a bone and give them some hope that he’ll change his cheap ways.
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