Monday was a fast and furious day for the Cincinnati Bengals, as they ended up dishing out nearly $50 million in player contracts. Here’s a recap:
The Bengals finally signed their #1-overall draft pick in Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, as they signed him to a 4-year deal worth a reported $8.256 million. This ensures there will be no holdout and he’ll make it to training camp in time when it opens next week.
But that was a deal that was essentially guaranteed to get done. With defensive ends Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson set to be free agents next offseason, doubt began to creep in the Cincinnati could lose their top two DEs in the same offseason.
That won’t happen, as the team reached an agreement with Dunlap on a 6-year deal worth $40 million. News of the deal broke just an hour after the team failed to sign Johnson, who the team franchised earlier this offseason, to a long-term deal, and he’ll now play the 2013 NFL season under the one-year, $11.175 million tender.
But how close were the Bengals to signing MJ to an extension instead of Dunlap:
Bengals’ final offer to Johnson was around $40M over 5 years. But considering he has $11.2M guar for ’13, really $28.8M in new $ over 4.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 15, 2013
What I want to know is if the Bengals were on the phone with Johnson’s agent, and when they couldn’t reach a deal prior to the 4 p.m. deadline, they simply hung up the phone, called Dunlap’s agent, and offered him the 6-year, $40 million deal that he ended up accepting.
Talk about cutthroat if that’s the case.
The team also announced they will host the second annual Season Kickoff Pep Rally on Thursday, July 25 at Paul Brown Stadium. This is the Bengals’ latest effort to encourage more fan/player/coach interaction, something they haven’t done very well in the past, but are operating more like a true NFL franchise should.