Man those Cincinnati Bengals just can't spend their money, can they? Alright, that's another topic and not to flame a rash of anti-Mike Brown rhetoric (because we haven't heard those in a while). According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the Bengals are still $29 million under the cap, sitting only behind the Kansas City Chiefs ($32.7 million) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($29.5 million).
Through trades, departures (waives and cuts), the Bengals cap number keeps increasing. On August 4, they were $27,164,000 under the cap. On August 16, they were reportedly $27,766,680 million under the cap. And two weeks later they're a cool million over that. The 51 highest-paid players factoring into that number with all 53 players (including players on IR and PUP) having to fit under the cap when the season starts.
There are known issues facing the Bengals presently. They have to be aware of Carson Palmer's salary cap number in case the quarterback decides to return. The team has to be prepared for his return, which would slap his entire cap number on the Bengals books and if that number puts the team over the cap, then it would force the Bengals to trade him. That's been a thought from others on the issue; though I view Palmer as being less vindictive than that. On the other hand, just trade him and stop worrying about the insurance padding needed for his return.