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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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BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 31: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass for wide receiver Mike Wallace #17 of the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 31: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals breaks up a pass for wide receiver Mike Wallace #17 of the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Just barely edging out Atkins is cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick will make $9.6 million next season, which is nowhere near the elite cornerback contracts. Bengals fans in general don’t like Kirkpatrick’s deal, which keeps him as a Bengal until 2022. Indeed, it is a long term investment at an average value of over $10 million a year. However, if Kirkpatrick bounces back this year, it becomes a lot fairer of a contract. Playing next to William Jackson III next season will be a big help for him. Kirkpatrick’s deal isn’t ideal, but having him long term is not a bad thing for the Bengals.

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