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Bengals salary cap breakdown: Defensive End

The Bengals defensive ends aren't making much this year after being one of the team's highest-paid positions last year.

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The Bengals defensive ends did little to live up to their hefty salary last year after notching just 11.5 total sacks.

Carlos Dunlap did have a good year with 8 sacks and an 8.3 Pro Football Focus rating. He earned his $8.6 million cap hit in 2014, and he'll likely do so again  in 2015 with just a $4.9 million salary in 2015. However, Robert Geathers and Wallace Gilberry combined to make $4.5 million last year, despite combining for just 2.5 sacks. Now, Geathers is gone and Gilberry makes just $2 million this year.

Here's a salary breakdown in 2015 for the Bengals defensive ends:

BASE SALARY

SIGNING BONUS

ROSTER BONUS

OPTION BONUS

WORKOUT BONUS

DEAD CAP

CAP HIT

Carlos Dunlap

$3,000,000

$1,600,000

-

-

$300,000

($4,800,000)

$4,900,000

Michael Johnson

$1,300,000

$1,125,000

$175,000

-

-

($4,500,000)

$2,600,000

Wallace Gilberry

$1,850,000

$200,000

-

-

-

($200,000)

$2,050,000

Margus Hunt

$738,737

$262,473

-

-

-

($524,946)

$1,001,210

Will Clarke

$510,000

$136,345

-

-

$10,000

($409,035)

$656,345

Marcus Hardison

$435,000

$86,423

-

-

-

($345,692)

$521,423$86,423

Sam Montgomery

$510,000

-

-

-

-

-

$510,000

The big addition at DE this offseason was Michael Johnson. After a one-year hiatus in Tampa Bay, he's back with a manageable $2.6 million cap hit this year. Margus Hunt is the only other player making at least $1 million this year if he's even on the 53-man roster. He counts for a little over $500k is released.

In all, this position accounts for just an $11.2 million cap hit in 2015. That's the sixth-lowest of any position on the roster and 19th in the NFL.

*Note: Spotrac included Marcus Hardison in the DEs, despite him being drafted as a DT where he's listed on the official Bengals roster.