HoosierCat Posted March 4, 2007 Report Share Posted March 4, 2007 Are they? The "fact" that they are seems to be a given among Bengals fans, a granted point, even among critics of their approach (like me). But over the last couple days I've begen to question that assumption.Usually, being a good cap manager is shorthand for not overspending and then having to purge the roster, as happened some years ago in places like San Fran and Tennesse. Certainly, in that sense, the Bengals are good cap managers. There have been no roster purges here (at least, cap-related ones) and precious little overspending. But consider what else their cap management has wrought:According to the Bengals, they have no cap space with which to be active in free agency. And we aren't just talking about not having enough space for a blockbuster signing, but allegedly not having enough space to even sign much in the way of role players. It is entirely possible that such non-luminaries as K2 and Reggie Kelly will be unaffordable.Also, not only do they not (they say) have enough to play in FA, they also don't have enough to keep all of their own young talent, such as Eric Steinbach.Looking around the league, I see that most teams aren't in any kind of overspending/roster purge trouble, so really, that traditional definition of "good cap management" doesn't seem very hard to meet. However, I also see that, around the lots of teams, even in smaller markets than Cincy -- like Buffalo, for example -- have money to spend both on their own talent and outside FAs.I am forced to the conclusion that, contrary to popular belief, the Bengals are crappy cap managers. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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