Headed into draft weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals are $16.26 million below the NFL salary cap, according to a report from Muckraker Mike.
Compared to the rest of the league, Cincinnati has the 12th-most cap space remaining.
Division rival Cleveland is currently more than $20 million below the cap, while both Baltimore and Pittsburgh have less than $1 million in cap space available. If Florio’s numbers are accurate, both teams will have to cut players or restructure contracts in order to free up cap room to sign their draft picks. Of course, that space won’t be needed for another few months. By contrast, the Bengals traditionally wall that space off prior to free agency, which is one reason why the team always insists it has less space than published reports indicate.
The Bengals will need something in the neighborhood of $6 million in cap space for their rookie pool, and the club likes to reserve $2 million to $3 million each year as an injury reserve. But that still leaves $7 million to $8 million available for post-draft signings. During the team’s recent On the Clock pre-draft show, head coach Marvin Lewis mentioned that the Bengals still had some “irons in the fire.” One possibility might be safety Roy Williams, who visited Cincinnati after being cut by the Cowboys and has yet to find a new home.