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4 More Surprise Cuts the Bengals Could Make

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CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 29: Marvin Lewis the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the action in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 29: Marvin Lewis the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the action in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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Vincent Rey

Rey is the other veteran who has the best chance of getting cut. Rey has a more clearly established role on this team than Johnson and costs less, but may still be in danger of losing his spot. He has been a rock for the Bengals as a backup linebacker for the last few years. Now, though, young backers like Jordan Evans and Nick Vigil are prepared to take that mantle from Rey, even with Vontaze Burfict potentially missing four games.

If Rey isn’t going to start in Burfict’s stead, he may not have a large enough role to justify his almost $3 million contract. His off-field impact, like Johnson’s, is important, but not irreplaceable. The Bengals would save all but $300,000 of that contract if they cut Rey, so they may decide to bite the bullet and cut him.

I don’t expect Rey to miss the team, but if the Bengals want to go with a youth movement, Rey is on the wrong side of the aging curve. He has a great niche role, but the $2.5 million in savings could be more important to the team for this season.

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