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Bengals salary cap breakdown: Guard

Clint Boling leads the way for a guard unit that's among the highest-paid of any NFL team.

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The Bengals are known for drafting and developing prospects into quality NFL players.

They're also known for paying their talent when it comes time, and offensive guard is a good example of that. The Bengals will be spending quite a bit on their guards this year, led by Clint Boling's $5.1 million cap hit. Behind him will be Kevin Zeitler and his $2.4 million hit, but that balloons to $8 million in 2016 when his fifth-year option is triggered.

Here's a salary breakdown in 2015 for the Bengals offensive guards:

BASE SALARY

SIGNING BONUS

ROSTER BONUS

WORKOUT BONUS

DEAD CAP

CAP HIT

Clint Boling

$1,700,000

$500,000

$2,700,000

$200,000

($5,000,000)

$5,100,000

Kevin Zeitler

$1,418,754

$981,673

-

-

($981,673)

$2,400,427

Tanner Hawkinson

$585,000

$45,606

-

-

($91,212)

$630,606

Dan France

$435,000

-

-

-

-

$435,000

Trey Hopkins

$435,000

-

-

-

-

$435,000

T.J. Johnson

$510,000

$510,000

Chris Jasperse

$435,000

-

-

-

-

$435,000

We included T.J. Johnson and Chris Jasperse in this because they will be played at guard as well. Not counting the extra $945K they'll account for in 2015, the Bengals are spending $8.1 million on the position in 2015. That's the ninth most of any NFL team.

Even without Jasperse and Johnson, Cincinnati is set to be the NFL's highest-spending team on the guard position in 2016. That's mainly due to Zeitler's fifth-year option, but Boling making $4.7 million is also a big hit.

Hopefully the 2015 season will prove that the money is being well spent.