Take note. The Cincinnati Bengals actually leads the NFL in something. According to Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk, the Bengals have the largest salary cap room in the NFL with over $41 million available; the Jaguars come in second with over $34 million. The Cleveland Browns (over $30.4 million), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (over $30.2 million) and the San Francisco 49ers (more than $30 million) round out the teams with over $30 million in cap space.
We have to point out that we're not sure when the exact numbers were figured, considering the Bengals signed outside linebacker Manny Lawson to a one-year deal worth $3 million late Monday night; though we're fairly certain Lawson's deal doesn't do much in terms of pushing Cincinnati out of that top spot.
Excluding rookies, undrafted free agents, restricted free agents and exclusive rights free agents, the Bengals have signed seven unrestricted free agents this season.
|Thomas Howard||Linebacker||Two||$6.5 Million|
|Brian Leonard||Running Back||Two||$2 Million*|
|Cedric Benson||Running Back||One||$3 Million**|
|Nate Clements||Cornerback||Two||$10.5 Million***|
|Manny Lawson||Linebacker||One||$3 Million|
* $500,000 in incentives
** $2 million in incentives
*** $6 million guaranteed