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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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Defensive End Carlos Dunlap

2018 CAP Hit: $7,300,000

Carlos Dunlap signed his second contract with the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2013. That contract today is by far one of the biggest team friendly deals you can find. Considering the production that the Bengals have gotten from Dunlap during this contract, it’s almost a robbery.

Since Dunlap signed his deal in 2013, he had 7.5 sacks or more every season including 2015 when he had 13.5 sacks. During a five year span, that adds up to 44.5 sacks. Not only has he been productive, but he hasn’t missed a game for the Bengals since signing that contract either.

To put this $7,300,000 into perspective, Dunlap is ranked 21st in highest paid defensive ends for the 2018 season. The top four paid defensive ends this year make just north of $17 million. Players like Allen Bailey and Derek Wolfe make more than Dunlap does this season. In my opinion, this contract is the most significantly underpaid player on the Bengals roster.

With 2018 being the last year on his five year contract, Cincinnati is going to have to pay more money going forward if they want to keep Dunlap around. While the two time Pro Bowler is 29 years old, he has shown no signs of slowing down and is still playing at an elite level. He deserves to be paid as such.

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