According to former Bengals play-by-play announcer Brad Johansen, the Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a two-year extension with LT Andrew Whitworth that will keep him with the Bengals through the 2015 NFL season. The deal will reportedly pay him $20 million over the contract. Originally drafted as a guard out of LSU in the 2nd round of the 2006 NFL Draft, Whitworth was moved to LT and has been the Bengals most consistent offensive lineman since locking down the LT job. Whitworth has started 70 games in his 5-year career and is currently one of the team captains. He and RG Bobbie Williams are the only two remaining starters on the o-line since that draft. While Whitworth has yet to make a Pro-Bowl, he is regarded as one of the games best left-tackles. Peter King recently ranked Whitworth as the 68th best player in the NFL, and was named “Team MVP” by the Pro Football Writers of America last season.
Whitworth had this to say about his new extension; “This is the organization that believed in me and felt I could play left tackle in NFL.”