On March 3, 2008, reports suddenly surfaced that the Cincinnati Bengals had worked out a trade for Defensive Tackle Dewayne Robertson from New York. In exchange, the Bengals would send the Jets their fourth and fifth round picks, while also taking on the migraine task of a contract extension to rework a deal that wouldn't be so difficult against the cap ($6.8 million in base pay in 2008 and $4.5 million in 2009).
The Denver Broncos eventually acquired Robertson via trade for a conditional 2009 draft pick, when it was speculated that the hold up for the trade was actual negotiations with Cincinnati; talk about accidentally saving our asses.
Why, do tell, am I bringing this up? In 2009, Robertson is set to "count $16 million against the team's $123 million cap." As a result, the Broncos cut him Monday freeing up a ton of cap space for a guy that, in 15 games, recorded 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Since basic human nature also includes pure curiosity, the Bengals selected Anthony Collins and Jason Shirley with those picks and not $16 million for a 22-tackle defensive tackle. That's so Justin Smith-esque.
Also released was former Bengals safety Marquand Manuel.