Has anyone seen Cincinnati Bengals' owner Mike Brown? Given the recent spate of free agent signings and contract renegotiations, one has to wonder whether the famously frugal Bengals' patriarch is still with us. The Bengals announced Friday morning that they have extended the contract of cornerback Leon Hall, which was due to expire after this season.
Hall's deal, like that Andrew Whitworth signed earlier this week, will keep him in Cincinnati through the 2015 season. It will also add and additional $39 million to Hall's bank account.
Hall was the Bengals' 2007 first round pick out of Michigan. He has played in every game (65) since becoming a Bengals including 57 starts. Hall is currently sixth on the team's all-time interception list with 18 and was fifth in the AFC last year with five picks. This off season, the Bengals were forced to choose between signing Hall or Johnathan Joseph. They chose to allow Joseph to leave for Houston and brought in veteran Nate Clements to play alongside Hall. Certainly Hall's durability and consistency played a major role in that decision.
While the Bengals will still have some personnel decisions to make after this season (Cedric Benson, offensive line), they have addressed the contracts of two major contributors on either side of the ball in Whitworth and Hall before the season has begun. That's certainly a welcome departure from the Bengals' usual way of doing business.
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