Making Moves: Cincinnati Bengals Re-Sign Cornerback Leon Hall

Matt GrayContributor ISeptember 2, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 10: Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals returns a kick against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Paul Brown Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Jason La Canfora of is reporting that the Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed cornerback Leon Hall.

The four-year deal is reportedly worth $39 million, and runs through 2015.

According to Pro Football Talk, Leon Hall will get $14.1 million this year and another $6 million by March

It comes after the widely criticized departure of Johnathan Joseph, whose re-signing was considered a top priority for the Bengals this offseason. Hall's deal likely comes as a reaction to in-house criticism from the likes of Mike Zimmer regarding the Joseph debacle, and comes as welcome relief to Bengals fans.

After low-balling Johnathan Joseph before the 2010 season and then failing to re-sign him the following year, it was clear the team would have to be more generous with Leon Hall. Today's announcement proves that the Bengals are prepared to make Hall the teams No.1 corner, and they are certainly paying him No.1 corner money. 

Hall becomes the second Bengal to sign an extension in recent days, with Andrew Whitworth inking a new deal earlier this week. He also becomes the highest paid member of the Bengals defense.

A former first round pick in 2007, Hall has been extremely dependable—having never missed a game. He has made 258 tackles, had 71 passes defensed and made 18 interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.