December 30, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) celebrates his interception return for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals Contract Updates: Carlos Dunlap and Taylor Mays get Small Raises


According to Rotoworld.comBengals safety Taylor Mays and defensive end Carlos Dunlap will be receiving performance-based pay raises that will effect their 2013 salaries.

Mays’ 2013 base salary increased from $575,000 to $630,000 after he hit escalators in his rookie deal. Dunlap’s base salary will also increase, going from $575,000 to $630,000 in 2013 after he too hit escalators in his rookie contract.

Both players are scheduled to become free agents following the 2013-14 NFL season, and neither one is likely to receive any kind of extension before then. Mays, a second-round pick out of USC in 2010, came to Cincinnati in 2011 for just a seventh-round draft pick, but was expected to become the starting strong safety this season. Mays held that role when the season began but was quickly passed over in favor of Chris Crocker in Week 4 after he was signed off the street.

Dunlap played in 14 games in 2012 and recorded six sacks. In three seasons, he has just 20 career sacks. He finished the 2010 season as the team’s sack leader with 9.5 sacks, despite playing in just 12 games. The 9.5 sacks were also the most by a rookie in team history.


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