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Bengals most overpaid/underpaid players in 2018

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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Field Judge Scott Edwards #3 talks with cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Field Judge Scott Edwards #3 talks with cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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Like any other team in the NFL, the Cincinnati Bengals have players making too much or not enough for their production. Who is over/underpaid in 2018?

The Cincinnati Bengals are unique in the way that they are getting very valuable production from players playing on contracts that are well below market value. Which is the keyword, value. Everything in the NFL revolves around value, and when a team can pay less than what a player is worth, it’s a great value, and if the player is not meeting his contract numbers, the value goes down.

We’ve all heard about how a team’s Super Bowl window dramatically increases when a quarterback is on his rookie contract. If the quarterback is playing at a top 10 level but getting paid a rookie salary, the team can spend that money on great players to put around the quarterback for a great value. Quarterback is the highest paid position and rightfully so in the NFL, and the numbers in those contracts can either benefit or cripple a franchise.

When teams are forced to pay these top premium contracts like the Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders have recently, it cripples the team’s ability to go out and find quality players or even keep their own. I wanted to dig into the Bengals CAP and look at the contracts to decide who is getting paid too much money for their production on the field and who is getting underpaid.

Cincinnati doesn’t have any outlandish contracts on the books like many teams which makes it easier to add more talent. That’s not to say there aren’t players on the roster making too much money, but there are few that are. Let’s take a look at the contracts.

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