I'm sure many have seen this report from the Enquirer's Joe Reedy - but the breakdown of the Bengals roster and cap space is truly fantastic.
This summary also provides the actual cap room (around $13 million) after factoring in the draft, carryover to negoitate with AJ Green, Geno Atkins and Andy Dalton next year,etc. I'm not sure Andy Dalton is the long-term answer at Quarterback...and I define that by success in the post-season...but I understand the logic behind the money carryover.
Here are the important figures:
Dead Money $1,893,784
Grand Total $100,289,858
Carryover from 2012 (Andy, AJ, Geno fund) $10,222,575
2013 Salary cap $123,000,000
Amount available to spend $133,222,575 (includes the carryover)
Cap room $32,932,717
Estimated for draft picks, player moves, ect. $10,000,000
Guess on what they would carryover to 2014 $10,000,000
Realistic cap space left for free agency $12,932,717
I've said this before in this space...it's not all about the Bengals being cheap and never wanting to spend money. There are plenty examples of when they do (Hi Antonio Bryant). Of course - there are also examples where they don't.
(Note: I'm strictly talking about the football side here...not what they invest in PBS, marketing efforts, how they treat their Season Ticket Holders, etc. That's a whole other argument.)
It's not always about money...it's about control. That's why the Bengals still have no General Manager and a bare bones scouting department. They want to run the team like Paul Brown ran the team in the early 1960's...and the allure of Super Bowl success or greater fortune will never be enough to change that.
This antiquated philsophy and the longest playoff win futilitiy streak, spanning over two decades, are not a coincidence.