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2016 NFL Draft Fallout: Bengals Veterans On Cutting Block?

The Cincinnati Bengals have a very deep roster thanks to years of good drafting. What that does mean though is that there is a lot of compet


The Cincinnati Bengals have a very deep roster thanks to years of good drafting. What that does mean though is that there is a lot of competition for places at all levels of the roster and a very tight cap situation. So who is going to fall victim of the numbers within the Bengals roster? Rey Maualuga, ILB Maualuga, drafted in the 2nd round in 2009, has never really taken off for the Bengals but somehow always hung around on the roster and played a considerable amount. However this offseason it seems like the Bengals have made a concerted effort to replace him. They drafted Nick Vigil in the 3rd round and signed Karlos Dansby. As a result Maualuga is completely expendable and moving on from him will save the Bengals $3 million on their cap. Andrew Whitworth, LT Stay with me here. I know, I know, Whitworth is great. Even at 34 on his worst day he is an above average left tackle. However he is in the last year of his contract, the Bengals can save $6 million if they move on from him before the season. It’s not just the money either, last year Cincinnati drafted Cedric Ogbuehi in the first round and Jake Fisher in the second. They may well start one of these 2 at right tackle this season but they need to know if they have a left tackle in either before too long – I think it’s time they test out the youngsters. Domata Peko, DT Everyone was surprised when Andrew Billings slid all the way to the fourth round, but the Bengals were more than happy to pick up the big man. Billings projects as the perfect replacement for Peko in the role of “Big space eater who lets Geno Atkins get one-on-ones”. He is a monstrously powerful young man who can take on double teams and win. With Peko hitting 31 and in the last year of his contract. The Bengals can save $3.75 million if they move on from him.


Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

2016 NFL Draft Fallout: Bengals Veterans On Cutting Block?

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