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Bengals Free Agency and Salary Cap Primer


With NFL free agency set to kick off at 4 p.m. ET today, here is everything you need to know about the Bengals, their free agents, and how their salary cap looks as of now:


Franchise Tagged

Defensive end Michael Johnson @  $11.175 million


Unrestricted Free Agents 

OT Andre Smith, CB Nate Clements, S Chris Crocker, DE Robert Geathers,  QB Bruce Gradkowski, OLB Thomas Howard, CB/PR Adam Jones, OLB Manny Lawson, FB Brian Leonard, MLB Rey Maualuga, CB Terence Newman, RB Bernard Scott, DT Pat Sims, KR/WR Brandon Tate, OT Dennis Rolland, TE  Richard Quinn, LB Dan Skuta


Restricted Free Agents

None Remaining


Re-signed this Offseason

LS Clark Harris—five-year deal

P Kevin Huber— five-year deal

RB/ST Cedric Peerman—two-year deal

S Jeromy Miles—RFA tender; $1.323 million

WR Andrew Hawkins—Exclusive-rights FA tender; $555,000

LB Vincent Rey—Exclusive-rights FA tender; $555,000

K Mike Nugent—two-year deal

DE Wallace Gilberry—three-year $6.75 million deal



Taking the carryover and everything else into account, they are roughly $44.3 million under the cap. It is likely they will carry around$9 million in order to sign their draft picks, as well as any late-training camp/in-season signings. (Think Jeff FaineWallace Gilberry)

The top-10 Bengal Salaries are as follows:

DE Michael Johnson $11.175M

CB Leon Hall $8.4M

OT Andrew Whitworth $6.75M

WR A.J. Green $5,369,481

DT Domata Peko $5.1M

Reggie Nelson $4.125M

CB Jason Allen $3.7M

OG Travelle Wharton $3.375M

Kyle Cook $3.34M

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis $3.25M




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