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Bengals salary cap breakdown: Wide Receiver

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Andy Dalton will make about as much money this year as the collective wide receiver roster for the Bengals.

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The Bengals are spending more money on the receiver position than you might realize.

It's not because they're spending big money on several players though. It's largely due to A.J. Green's sizable fifth-year option. Because he didn't sign an extension with the Bengals before the option was exercised, Green will have a $10.1 million salary in 2015, which is tied for the sixth-highest cap hit of any NFL receiver.

Here's a salary breakdown in 2015 for the Bengals' wide receivers:


POS.
BASE SALARY
SIGNING BONUS
ROSTER BONUS
WORKOUT BONUS
DEAD CAP IF CUT
CAP HIT
A.J. Green
WR
$10,176,000
-
-
-
$10,176,000
$10,176,000
Mohamed Sanu
WR
$1,542,000
$140,813
-
-
$140,813
$1,682,813
Marvin Jones
WR
$660,000
$40,700
-
-
$40,700
$700,700
Denarius Moore
WR
$745,000
$25,000
$30,000
$25,000
$25,000
$665,000
Brandon Tate
WR
$745,000
$50,000
-
$30,000
$50,000
$665,000
James Wright
WR
$510,000
$12,456
-
-
$37,368
$522,456$12,456
Mario Alford
WR
$435,000
$14,776
-
-
$59,104
$449,776$14,776
Cobi Hamilton
WR
$435,000
-
-
-
-
$435,000
Jake Kumerov
WR
$435,000
-
-
-
-
$435,000
Tevin Reese
WR
$435,000
-
-
-
-
$435,000

The Bengals are spending just $13.9 million on the receiver position this year. That's essentially what quarterback Andy Dalton is making in 2015 at $13.6 million.

And we wonder why everyone and their grandma wants to play quarterback...

Cincinnati actually ranks 12th in the NFL in cap spent on receivers in 2015, per Spotrac. Green's cap hit is what makes the position group rank so high. Without Green included, the Bengals are committing just $3.8 million to this position in 2015. That would be the lowest of any team, in addition to being $3 million behind the next closest team (the Jaguars at $6.4 million).

That's what happens when every other receiver is either still on his rookie deal (Sanu, Jones, Wright, Alford, Reese, Kumerov, Hamilton) or is signed to a one-year, veteran-minimum deal (Moore, Tate). Sanu, a former third-round pick, is the only receiver not named Green making at least $1 million dollars.

Jones was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 draft, the same draft class in which Sanu was selected during the third round. Jones will make less than half of what Sanu makes in 2015, but there's a good chance that will never be the case again once both players become free agents in 2016.