Re: 2013 Bengals Discussion
This is a comment from the article that was linked. I do not know for sure whether or not it is accurate but it makes sense:
"The 2013 Rookie Pool (i.e. the combined Cap Hit for all drafted players) for the Bengals is likely closer to $5M-$6M
More importantly, though, that $5M-$6M Rookie cap hit is NOT a net hit. In other words, since the Top 51 player contracts is used to determine the team’s cap, the rookies who make the team will offset players who are currently being counted in the Top 51. So it’s not as simple as many people say, that you have to “add $5-$6M million for rookie”. This is a misleading/uninformed statement. It’s NOT a net charge. Those rookies will make the roster at the expense of veterans who currently count in the Top 51.
The $28.9M is not misleading, so much as it is incomplete, per se.
Bottom line, there is plenty of cap room (not to be confused with actually cash btw) to extend Geno, Carlos, MJ93, AJ, and Andy. It will be a colossal organizational failure of any of these 5 is allowed to leave after their rookie contracts expire."