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Bengals salary cap breakdown: Cornerback

Over $16 million is being spent on the Bengals' top four corners in 2015.

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Despite losing Terence Newman this offseason, cornerback is still a position the Bengals are committing a large amount of salary to in 2015.

In fact, The Bengals are spending the 10th-highest salary of any NFL team at the cornerback position, according to Spotrac. That's what happens when you have four former first-round corners, led by veteran Leon Hall. He's got a $9.6-million cap hit in 2015, which is the ninth highest of any NFLK corner in 2015.

Here's a salary cap breakdown of the Bengals cornerbacks:


BASE SALARY

SIGNING BONUS

ROSTER BONUS

OPTION BONUS

WORKOUT BONUS

DEAD CAP

CAP HIT

Leon Hall

$7,700,000

$1,800,000

-

-

$100,000

$1,800,000

$9,600,000

Dre Kirkpatrick

$782,931

$1,177,818

$782,931

-

-

$1,960,749

$2,743,680

Adam- Jones

$1,550,000

$250,000

$250,000

-

$100,000

$250,000

$2,550,000

Darqueze Dennard

$782,678

$1,030,708

-

-

-

$5,020,157

$1,813,386

Brandon Ghee

$745,000

-

-

-

-

-

$585,000

Chris Lewis-Harris

$585,000

-

-

-

-

-

$585,000

Josh Shaw

$435,000

$123,431

-

-

-

$493,724

$558,431$123,431

Troy Hill

$435,000

-

-

-

-

-

$435,000

Over $16 million is being spent on the Bengals' top four corners in 2015. That's due to Hall, Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones being on the final years of their deals, though Kirk still has his fifth-year option in 2016 having been exercised.

As big as the cap hit for this position is in 2015, it could shrink significantly in 2016. As of now, only Kirkpatrick, Dennard, Josh Shaw and Troy Hill are under contract in 2016 for a cap total of $10.5 million, the 20th lowest of any team.  Still, between Hall and Jones, there's a good chance at least one of them is brought back at a sizable deal next offseason, keeping this position among the highest-paid for the Bengals.