The focus right now clearly needs to be the product on the field, but team management is doing a good job of preparing for success in future seasons as well. Here are few things to think about looking at the Bengals' 2014 salary cap:
12th - team rank in terms of committed cap room (ascending)
1st - tied for most players under contract in 2014
10th - team rank in cap space if all 2013 cap room carried over
7th - team rank in cap space if adjusted for full 53-man roster (using 3rd year player salary)
Michael Johnson and Anthony Collins are the most significant free agents so the team could certainly resign them without any issue - should they choose to want to do that. A.J. Green is likely to get a $4M raise to his 2014 salary, but even that looks easy with a potential $29M in cap room next year.
Of the six teams with more potential cap room, only the Colts and Vikings are 2012 playoff teams that have more cap room than the Bengals. Miami could breakthrough as a playoff team this year (and Miami is anyway a desirable place for free agents in general). The other teams have serious questions at QB so this will certainly be a factor when free agents decide where to go.
It will be interesting to see the team's priorities next offseason. This summer they had to lock up a considerable number of their own players. That won't be true in 2014 so we may finally get to see some free agent "action" next summer.