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Bengals No Longer Last in the NFL in Team Payroll

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 12:  Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 12 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 12: Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 12 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Even though John Clayton thinks that Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton is the 33rd best starting quarterback in the league (out of 32 teams), he was quick to point out today that the Bengals aren't always in last place... just close to last place.

According to Clayton, the contract extension with Andrew Whitworth pushed the team out of last place in the payroll department and the Leon Hall contract extension added to it. Now the Bengals rank at No. 31 in team payroll and the Cleveland Browns are now the team with the lowest payroll amount.

The Andrew Whitworth deal moved the Bengals ahead of Cleve for team payroll, ranking 31st at $101 Million. Leon Hall's deal adds to that.less than a minute ago via yoono Favorite Retweet Reply

Kyle Cook's contract extension will boost the Bengals up even more. Isn't it nice not to be a bottom dweller in every category of the game? 

Even though money spent on players can directly relate into wins, it doesn't always work out that way. The Redskins and the Cowboys spent the most money of any teams last season and they both finished with 6-10 records. 

So, money, it seems, isn't everything.