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Bengals salary cap breakdown: Offensive Line

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The second highest-paid unit on the Bengals roster is one of the best you'll find on any NFL team.

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The Bengals offensive line is one of the best in football, so it's only fair it's one of the higher-paid units in the NFL.

Cincinnati is actually getting good value for having one of the league's best lines. This unit will count for $24.7 million in salaries this year, the eighth most of any NFL team. That dips to the 20th most in 2016 when Whitworth, Smith and Eric Winston are slated to come off the books.

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

POS.

BASE SALARY

SIGNING BONUS

ROSTER BONUS

DEAD CAP

CAP HIT

Russell Bodine

C

$510,000

$114,114

-

($342,342)

$624,114

T.J. Johnson

C

$510,000

-

-

-

$510,000

Jake Smith

C

$435,000

$1,000

-

($3,000)

$436,000

Chris Jasperse

C

$435,000

$166

-

($500)

$435,166

Clint Boling

G

$1,700,000

$500,000

$2,700,000

($5,000,000)

$5,100,000

Kevin Zeitler

G

$1,418,754

$981,673

-

($981,673)

$2,400,427

Tanner Hawkinson

G

$585,000

$45,606

-

($91,212)

$630,606

Trey Hopkins

G

$435,000

$5,000

-

($10,000)

$440,000

Dan France

G

$435,000

-

-

-

$435,000

Andrew Whitworth

LT

$5,000,000

$1,000,000

-

($1,000,000)

$6,200,000

Cedric Ogbuehi

LT

$435,000

$1,260,577

-

-

$1,695,577

Jake Fisher

LT

$435,000

$339,458

-

($1,986,448)

$774,458

Andre Smith

RT

$4,600,000

$1,000,000

$562,500

($1,000,000)

$6,362,500

Eric Winston

RT

$870,000

$80,000

-

($80,000)

$950,000

Matthew O'Donnell

T

$435,000

$5,000

-

($10,000)

$440,000

This unit is also the second highest-paid position on the Bengals' roster, trailing only the defensive line by about $2 million. Of the 15 lineman currently under contract, only four will be paid $2.4 million or more this year. Veterans Kevin Zeitler, Clint Boling, Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth will make $20 million collectively this year.

As for the rookie draft picks, Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher will combine for $2.4 million in total this year. The only projected starter on the offensive line making less than $1 million this year is Russell Bodine. The starting center will make just over $600,000 in 2015 before his salary jumps to $714,000 in 2016.