How much do the Cincinnati Bengals have against the salary cap in 2014? It's a question that tends to be migraine-inducing due to the complexity on how these numbers are often calculated.
Based on accounting their statistics via information acquired through reports, other financial sites and a spreadsheet, the crew at Rotoworld lists the Cincinnati Bengals available cap space at $26,850,957. OverTheCap.com confirms that number. Neither have taken into account Mike Pollak's recently signed three-year deal. Spotrac, a site specifically designed to track salaries for all major sports, lists the Bengals cap space at $27,554,960.
However, the $26.851 million number isn't exactly what the Bengals will have available to write blank checks on unrestricted free agents.
Upwards to $15 million of that is already earmarked to other areas -- $4.3 million on restricted free agents, $4.5 million to the rookie pool, another (approximate) $6 million for injuries and in-season free agents. That leaves roughly $12 million for free agents and extensions with players entering the final year of their rookie contracts.