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Bengals ink CB Leon Hall to $39 million extension

Posted on: September 2, 2011 11:28 am
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

When the Bengals opted not to re-sign 2006 first-round pick cornerback Johnathan Joseph, and the Texans eventually gave him $48.75 million over five years to bolster their secondary, it was clear that the team would make a concerted effort to keep cornerback Leon Hall.

(Even if the Bengals wanted him back, it's not clear Joseph would've returned. In July, ESPN's John Clayton said Joseph "would leave Cincinnati for a dollar more than the Bengals are offering.")

That's exactly what happened Friday. 

Earlier in the week, the team traded for cornerback Kelly Jennings, a former Seahawks first-rounder, and now the Bengals have extended Hall, one of the best players on the team. It's a four-year, $39-million contract extension that will keep him in Cincy through 2015, according to ESPN.

CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporter Paul Dehner adds that the deal includes $14.1 million guarantees (his 2011 salary increases to $5.1 million from $3 million, and he gets a $9 million roster bonus), and that extending Hall was on the radar before Joseph left for Houston. ESPN adds that he's expected to receive another $5 million roster bonus March 1.  

Dehner writes that "Hall, 26, has more interceptions (18) than any player his age or younger except the Jets' Antonio Cromartie, also 26 with 18 interceptions. In fact, only 10 active players younger than 30 have more picks than the Bengals corner." He's now tasked with leading a defense that must keep the Bengals in games while the offense finds its way with rookie quarterback Andy Dalton under center. 

In addition to the Jennings trade and the Hall extension, the Bengals last week traded for safety Taylor Mays, who had fallen out of favor in San Francisco after just one season. On Wednesday, the team also extended left tackle Andrew Whitworth.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:18 pm
 

Bengals ink CB Leon Hall to $39 million extension



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Since: Oct 7, 2011
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Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: September 5, 2011 3:54 am
 

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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: September 2, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Bengals ink CB Leon Hall to $39 million extension

Good move by the Bengals by signing Hall to a new deal. I'm not a Bengal fan but I was somewhat disappointed with them for not re-signing Joseph and letting him walk away from them to the Texans. Joseph and Hall were one of the best CB tandem in the NFL in my opinion, but I guess that they probably couldn't sign both of them to a long term deal. So far in his career,Hall has been very solid at his position,but hardly doesn't get any recognition due to him playing with the Bengals. This should make the Bengals very happy that he decided to stay with the Bengals because everyone knows throughout the league how the Bengals' organization operates.Cool



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Bengals ink CB Leon Hall to $39 million extension

A very good signing--should boost their win total to a very strong 5 at this point



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Bengals ink CB Leon Hall to $39 million extension

I rather have Hall then JJ



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Bengals ink CB Leon Hall to $39 million extension

A very good signing.  If Hall has another corner on the team that's as close to as good as he is, he can be effective.  I really hated to see Joseph go, but then again Joseph was always injured.  Good signing for the Bengals.


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