The Bengals have had some nice success at finding defensive lineman in Day 3 of the NFL Draft. They’re hoping Renell Wren is the latest late-round steal to make a big impact along the interior of their defense.
With the 125th pick in this year’s draft, the Bengals took Wren out of Arizona State. He caught the Bengals’ eye when he was one of the big standouts at the Senior Bowl following a productive senior season in which he recorded 43 tackles, 4.5 for loss, one sack and two pass defenses while earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.
Now, Wren will look to secure his spot on the team’s 53-man roster and collect his entire rookie contract payout. According to Over The Cap, Wren’s contract is worth $3,202,596 over four years.
If Wren is cut this year, the Bengals will be on the hook for $682,596 in dead cap. That alone should give him a little more security if he’s in a tight roster battle with other defensive tackles.
Here’s a look at Wren’s contract:
Typically, fourth-round picks are in a great spot to make their team’s final 53-man roster. However, that may not be the case for Wren, who faces an uphill climb to make the Bengals’ final roster at a position that’s already deep.
Geno Atkins, Andrew Billings and Ryan Glasgow have their spots secured, while Josh Tupou has proven to be a solid backup. Even Christian Ringo had some nice moments last season, so it’s going to take a good showing in training camp and the preseason for Wren to lock up his spot in the Week 1 roster.