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The 10 Highest Paid Players on the Bengals in 2018

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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Head Coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on from the sidelines prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Head Coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on from the sidelines prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M /
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ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 09: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys is pressured by Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 09: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys is pressured by Carlos Dunlap #96 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Carlos Dunlap is next on this list at $7.3 million. It’s odd that he comes in as low on this list of salaries as he does. Ever since the Bengals drafted him, Dunlap has been an absolute monster on the defensive line. After accumulating 20 sacks in his first three seasons, he hasn’t had a season with fewer than 7.5 sacks since 2012. That includes a 2015 season in which Dunlap put up 13.5 sacks. Dunlap also is among the league leaders in passes batted down at the line. With the threat of a sack or deflection on every play, Dunlap is incredibly dangerous in the pass game.

There is zero doubt that Dunlap is worth much more than $7.3 million, but he may get an extension before this season. After this season, Dunlap will be an unrestricted free agent. The Bengals have several tough free agency decisions, and Dunlap may be the toughest of all. He’s been an awesome Bengal, but he will command a hefty contract. At the very least, Dunlap is an incredible value this season – hopefully he will be wearing orange and black in 2019 and beyond.

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