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Bengals salary cap breakdown: Outside Linebacker

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Outside linebackers Vontaze Burfict and Vincent Rey will combine to make $8.2 million in 2015.

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The Bengals will be paying their outside linebackers quite a bit in 2015 after the group struggled to produce in 2014.

A big reason why the unit's play dropped last year was Vontaze Burfict never being himself. Injuries limited him to about three full games worth of football before his season ended with a knee surgery. He's currently set to make $5.2 million in 2015, though he may end up opening the season on PUP. If that's the case, Vincent Rey will slide into his starting spot at weakside linebacker while making a nice $3.1 million in 2015.

Here's a salary breakdown in 2015 for the Bengals' outside linebackers:

BASE SALARY

SIGNING BONUS

ROSTER BONUS

WORKOUT BONUS

MISC.

DEAD CAP

CAP HIT

Vontaze Burfict

$1,050,000

$775,000

$3,150,000

$200,000

-

$5,475,000

$5,175,000

Vincent Rey

$2,500,000

-

-

$100,000

$500,000

$500,000

$3,100,000

Emmanuel Lamur

$2,356,000

-

-

-

-

-

$2,356,000

Chris Carter

$745,000

-

-

-

-

-

$745,000

Paul Dawson

$435,000

$145,488

-

-

-

$581,952

$580,488$

Marquis Flowers

$510,000

$19,670

-

-

-

$59,010

$529,670

Burfict and Rey will combine to make $8.2 million in 2015 while the rest of the outside backers make less than a combined $4 million. Emmanuel Lamur will make a nice $2.36 million after the Bengals tendered him as a restricted free agent this offseason.

In all, the Bengals' outside linebackers will be the 11th highest-paid OLB unit in 2015. However, they're in place to drop to 27th in 2016 when Vinny and Lamur become free agents.