Updated 3:09 p.m. ET, Friday, Sept. 2
The Bengals announced Friday that they have signed CB Leon Hall to a four-year extension, keeping him with the team through the 2015 season.
According to reports, the four-year deal is worth $39 million with $14 million guaranteed, making Hall the highest-paid Bengals defensive player in team history.
"This is another step in securing our young starting players and leaders for the present and the future," head coach Marvin Lewis said. "We've strengthened the foundation on both sides of the ball in the last three days."
"I've always had faith in this team and these players, and it means a lot to me that the Bengals have faith in me as a person and a player," Hall said. "Any team has to keep its core in place to be good in the long run, and with Whit (OLT Andrew Whitworth) signing on, too, it's good for the team and good for the locker room."
Hall has played in all 64 games since being drafted out of Michigan as Cincinnati's first-round picki in 2007. He started every game each of the past three seasons.
Hall, who turns 27 in early December, has 18 career interceptions (which ranks him sixth all-time in Bengals history) and 71 passes defensed.
The way we see it
This is a good move for the Bengals, whose secondary lost a trusted starter in free agency when Johnathan Joseph signed with the Texans. Hall is a physical player who is equally good against the pass and run.
Hall is the second starting player the Bengals have locked up this week, following a long-term extension that was given to OLT Andrew Whitworth that locks him up with the team through 2015.