When the Cincinnati Bengals signed Rey Maualuga to a three-year deal last week, fans began singing the chorus to their favorite rock ballad. Consider that the first thing Cincinnati did after promoting "change" in Mobile, Alabama, was re-sign one of their own, presenting the idea of the status quo with the team's roster building -- believing that it will lead to status quo in first-round exits in the playoffs. You keep doing the same things and signing the same people and expecting different results.
The deal is worth $15 million. WHAT?
It's not that bad though. Based on how Cincinnati structured his contract (like most of the team's second-tier players), the Bengals won't incur any financial penalty... if they release Maualuga during a five-day window that starts after the start of the 2016 league year.
Included in his contract is an initial roster bonus of $4.5 million, which translates into the entirety of his guaranteed money. There is no signing bonus and a non-guaranteed roster bonus of $1.15 million is slated for the fifth day into the 2016 league year -- if they release Maualuga five days after the start of the 2016 league year, they'll lose the $1.15 million roster bonus given to their veteran linebacker. Per Spotrac:
This is essentially a one-year deal.