Status of Tyler Eifert's contract is about guaranteed money

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We return with a bacon after taking a week off from our vacation that actually didn't happen.

Where are the Bengals in signing Eifert?

As everyone is aware, the league implemented a rookie wage scale that essentially prevents the necessity for extended negotiations. Currently there are eight first-round draft picks signed from the 2013 NFL draft. The question being asked: Why aren't they all signed? The overall value and the years have nothing to do it. All contracts are four years in length, with a fifth-year club option.

The question is how much of that money is guaranteed (signing bonus, base salary, roster bonus, reporting bonus, workout bonus, select incentives, etc.). Every selection currently signed through E.J. Manual at No. 16 received a fully guaranteed contract (meaning that they will see the total value of their contract). Starting with Jarvis Jones at No. 17 do the contracts fall short of being fully guaranteed (90.9 percent). Kyle Long, selected at No. 20 (one selection prior to Tyler Eifert), received 90.8 percent.

OVERALL PLAYER POS. TEAM YEARS TOTAL SIGN GUAR.
5 Ezekiel Ansah DE Lions Four $18.595 $11.9 Fully 100%
8 Tavon Austin WR Rams Four $12.751 $7.653 Fully* 100%
11 D.J. Fluker OT Chargers Four $11.4 $6.6 Fully* 100%
14 Star Lotulelei DT Panthers Four $9.604 $5.365 Fully 100%
15 Kenny Vaccaro SS Saints Four $9.425 $5.235 Fully 100%
16 E.J. Manuel QB Bills Four $8.9 $4.842 Fully 100%
17 Jarvis Jones OLB Steelers Four $8.706 $4.711 $7.910 90.9%
20 Kyle Long C Bears Four $8.301 $4.417 $7.541 90.8%
21 Tyler Eifert TE Bengals

Based on rookie allocation numbers, Tyler Eifert will receive a four-year deal worth roughly $8,256,002 with a $4,384,368 signing bonus. Besides determining how much is guaranteed (figure less than 90.8 percent), there's nothing to negotiate.

So where are they?

"Same as where we've been," Eifert told the Cincinnati Enquirer last week. "I don't really know how all of that works. I'm new to all of that."

That said, there's no rush to get something done. A deal will be signed prior to training camp.

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Chad Johnson is our batty uncle

Much like you, I wonder why we decide to run stories concerning Chad Johnson, who hasn't been in a Bengals uniform for nearly three years. We think of Johnson like this: You have an uncle who loves the sauce that can never get his head screwed straight. You shake your head in disgust, hoping that he learns his lesson in jail, knowing that he probably won't. Still. He's family.

Johnson is like that. He's gone, departed, sure. But in some fan-related twisted sense of association, Johnson is family. Perhaps even the annoying little brother who cracks jokes (and farts) at the most inappropriate times. We just hope that he has learned whatever lesson that he's supposed to have learned upon his release after seven days in jail for one soft gluteus maximus pat.

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Bengals and multi-threat quarterbacks.

Let's take two approaches.

For the offense, they're in it for the long haul with Andy Dalton. Let's make that clear right now. Perhaps he doesn't have the arm strength of Carson Palmer, but Dalton makes up for it with enthusiasm, timing and an addictive capacity to win. Despite his detractors, Dalton is responsible for five fourth-quarter comebacks and seven game-winning drives (per Pro Football Reference). Considering that Cincinnati has won 19 games with Dalton as the starting quarterback, that's an impressive percentage (we're ignoring the part that they're put in those positions in the first place).

But there is a sense that, offensively, Cincinnati appreciates multi-threat quarterbacks. Josh Johnson brings that to Cincinnati. Offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has even conjectured the idea of bringing Johnson in during specific packages. We're not sure if we'll ever see that. First, Johnson has to make the 53-man roster. Second, we've heard coaches talk about plans during the offseason that never comes to fruition.

Defensively, we look back at Cincinnati's win over the Washington Redskins. Despite nearly accumulating 300 yards in the air and ground combined, the Bengals largely contained Robert Griffin III with an intense pass rush that clearly held contain. Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap, for the most part, forced Griffin to hasten his decision-making process where Geno Atkins and blitzing linebackers were keeping Griffin in check. Most importantly, the secondary held Griffin to a completion percentage to 61.76 percent -- only four teams held Griffin to less, and two of those four were the Steelers and Ravens.

Twitter Question.

A good question.

With Game of Thrones finished for the season, The Walking Dead out until autumn and Justified returning in January, the number of shows is lacking. Based on my love of Sci-Fi, I'm working on Falling Skies, but I haven't felt the need to kick-up the stored recordings in the DVR. Only recently did I learn that The Killing (I'm a sucker for AMC) was not only un-cancelled, that season three has already started.

Beyond that, we're lost.

Any ideas for good shows on right now?

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