Cincinnati Bengals Playing it Smart With Salary Cap This Offseason

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After falling to the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs for the second-straight year, all eyes were on the Cincinnati Bengals heading into the offseason considering they lead the league in salary cap space–leaving many wondering whether or not they would go on a big spending spree. However, it appears the Bengals don’t plan on going too crazy in free agency and will focus on making sure their key players will be taken care of instead–which is the right move.

Cincinnati has an interesting decision to make this offseason when it comes to using the franchise tag, considering the last thing they want to do is see Andre Smith or Michael Johnson hit the open market. The Bengals will do whatever it takes to make sure both players are on the roster for the 2013 season.

Although Smith has been a key part to the offensive line, Johnson has been the type of player that just keeps getting better each season on defense. He set a career high in 2012 with 11.5 sacks–nearly doubling his previous career high of six in 2011. The Bengals found themselves in an interesting situation a couple of years ago when it came to keeping Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph–who signed with the Houston Texans in 2011–around for the long run and it’s good to see them in a better position this offseason to make sure both of these players receive the money they deserve to be on the roster next season.

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