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Salary cap projection with Green, Dalton and Burfict extensions

After declining to match the Cleveland offer sheet for Hawkins, the Bengals cap room stands at $27,444,666. First let's assume they are able to lock up our key three soon-to-be-free agents to the following deals: Green (5yrs, $62.5M incl. $22.5M guaranteed w/ $6.5M in additional cap hit for 2014), Dalton (5yrs, $76.5M incl. $30.8M guaranteed w/ $10M in additional cap hit for 2014) and Burfict (5 yrs, $36.9M incl $12.9M guaranteed w/$4.8M in additional cap hit for 2014). The draft picks will eat up some cap room as well but only the guys picked in rounds 1-3 actually qualify for the Top 51 at the moment.

This would leave $4.8M in cap room for 2014 which is probably the minimum the team prefers to reserve. For 2015, there would be $117M in committed cap room for 50 players leaving the team roughly $23M in cap room once new dead money is factored in. This projection includes a 2nd round tender for Lamur so that the team doesn't experience another Hawkins mistake with the next RFA. That is a great position to be in with only Gresham and Boling as potential players to be resigned (I'm assuming Peko, Maualuga, Newman and Nugent will be replaced by younger and cheaper players). The team would also likely have additional 3rd and 5th round comp picks to further bolster their reserves.

Take away: a solid roster with cap room to make any necessary move. If the Bengals can notch at least one playoff win, I could easily see Cincinnati become a choice destination for players wanting to win moving forward.


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