The 2013 NFL rookie salary pools are set and according to Brian McIntyre of Yahoo Sports, the Cincinnati Bengals will have $6,322,645 to spend on their draft class. The Bengals drafted 10 players, including 4 players in the top-100, and will likely have all players signed by the time training camp opens in late July. The new CBA has essentially locked-in the salaries for rookies, and there’s little negotiating that can be done when agents and teams hammer out a contract.
Speaking of the NFL Draft, the Bengals continue to get rave reviews for another outstanding haul, and NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks was the latest draft-nick to dish out a favorable grade:
It’s no coincidence that the Bengals have emerged as perennial playoff contenders in recent years, given that they’ve strung together a series of productive drafts. This year’s draft was no exception, with Cincinnati adding explosive playmakers in tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovani Bernard to an offense already brimming with talent. Coach Marvin Lewis scooped up a few intriguing defensive pieces in end Margus Hunt, safety Shawn Williams and linebacker Sean Porter. Those three might start the season in backup roles, but their collective talent upgrades the depth of the defense and gives coordinator Mike Zimmer options for exotic sub-package looks. With the Bengals stacking another solid class on top of an already loaded roster, Cincinnati is in position to be a legitimate contender in the AFC for years to come. GRADE: A