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Bengals salary cap breakdown: Defensive Tackle

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The Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle position is in a state of uncertainty. Are they improving or declining? Either way, they account for 9.8 percent of the team's total salary cap in 2015.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals combined cap number for defensive tackles ranks fourth in the NFL, with $14.9 million against the 2015 cap -- which accounts for 9.8 percent of the team's cap. As it stands right now, defensive tackle is in a status of degradation without much redeeming value as Geno Atkins recovers from a 2013 ACL tear and as Domata Peko's age increases his worth on the team decreases. Here's a salary breakdown in 2015 for the Bengals defensive tackles:

BASE PRORATED SB ROSTER BONUS WORKOUT BONUS CAP HIT DEAD MONEY
GENO ATKINS $5,700,000 $3,000,00 -- $300,000 $9,000,000 $9,000,000
DOMATA PEKO $2,000,000 -- $1,500,000 $200,000 $3,700,000 --
PAT SIMS $870,000 $50,000 $30,000 $665,000 $50,000
BRANDON THOMPSON $665,000 $130,300 -- -- $795,300 $130,000
DEVON STILL $660,000 $50,000 -- $30,000 $740,000 $50,000
KWAME GEATHERS $510,000 -- -- -- $510,000 --
DESHAWN WILLIAMS $435,000 $1,666 -- -- $436,666 $5,000
KALAFITONI POLE $435,000 -- -- -- $435,000 --
  • Geno Atkins monopolizes $9 million, 5.92 percent of the team's 2015 cap. We broke down his contract here. Atkins is due $5.7 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016, $7.3 million in 2017 and $9.25 million in 2018. Let's hope we see more in 2015 than we did during his rehabilitation year in 2014.
  • Domata Peko takes up $3.7 million, 2.43 percent of the team's 2015 cap. Peko is signed through 2016 but doesn't carry any dead money penalties if he's released.