Payments Basic Supervisor Brandon Beane says one of many causes it’s robust to maintain tempo with the Bengals is that Cincinnati has its finest gamers on cheap rookie contracts, whereas Buffalo doesn’t.
“They proper now are on the benefit of a rookie quarterback contract,” Beane mentioned of Joe Burrow. “They’d some lean years, and with out getting an excessive amount of into their construct, I don’t need to suck dangerous sufficient to must get Ja’Marr Chase. He’s a heck of a expertise, I’d like to have him, however you bought to undergo some lean years to do this. They had been capable of get Burrow No. 1 and Chase [No. 5] and people guys are on their rookie offers. We’re paying Stefon Diggs a reasonably hefty quantity. We’re paying Josh Allen a reasonably hefty quantity. So there may be the constraints of the cap. They’ve a very good workforce and so they’ve acquired some good younger gamers. We’re gonna attempt to get as many gamers as we are able to by the draft and thru free company, however once more, our cap state of affairs is a bit completely different.”
Beane mentioned the NFL has not advised groups what the 2023 wage cap will likely be, however Beane expects the Payments to be over it heading into the offseason. Which means the Payments’ first precedence will likely be making strikes to get underneath the cap, fairly than signing costly free brokers.
“We’re going to must get underneath the cap by strikes, roster cuts. . . . There’s not gonna be a Von Miller signing or one thing like that. We’re going to must work to get underneath the cap so we are able to function this 12 months,” Beane mentioned.
Beane mentioned there are strikes that the Payments could make to scale back wage cap hits this 12 months, however these strikes find yourself pushing wage cap hits into future seasons, so Beane doesn’t need to make too many such strikes.
“I don’t need to in two years be $100 million over the cap, like we’ve seen groups must do. I’m not wanting to do this,” Beane mentioned.
Burrow will seemingly signal a profitable contract extension this 12 months, and Chase seemingly subsequent 12 months, so the Bengals gained’t have that benefit for lengthy. However for now, it’s a bonus that makes Beane jealous of the Bengals’ state of affairs.