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2012 Free Agency: Bengals Deferred Extra Salary Cap Space To 2013

On Monday, we reported (via ESPN's Adam Schefter) that the NFL fined both the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys for improper "front-loading" of contracts during the non-salary capped year of 2010. Schefter reported that $46 million of cap space was lost between the teams for the 2012 season because of this situation. And, if you've been reading the updates on the goings-on of Tuesday's free agency kickoff, you'd have known that this penalty didn't stop the Redskins from wheeling and dealing.

With this report, it was assumed that the Bengals would be receiving an additional $1.6 million in cap space for 2012. Well, Schefter clarified the situation on Tuesday evening, informing everyone that the Bengals were one of five teams who decided to defer the extra cap space to 2013.

CIN, DEN, JAX, MIN, TB only teams in NFL that did not take the additional room in 2012 from WAS/DAL penalty. Those 5 teams get room in 2013. 27 minutes ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry · Reply · Retweet · Favorite · powered by @socialditto

This comes as bittersweet. We saw the Bengals go their traditional route of moving slowly and quietly on the kickoff of free agency, maddening many fans across the country. The perceived inactivity of the team was especially frustrating because they have a lot of money that they could spend and adding another $1.6 million always helps. It also makes it seem that owner Mike Brown wanted to push this cap room to a year that he is forced to spend it--in 2013--and not keep it for a year where he doesn't, namely 2012.

But, it's also smart planning. Say what you want about the team's perceived frugal nature, but you rarely ever see the Bengals in cap trouble that forces them to cut valuable players off of the roster when they don't want to. It's also smart planning because if 2013 is the year that the team is planning to break the bank due to the salary cap floor, they'll have an extra cushion to use.