Cincinnati Bengals Should Ask Leon Hall to Restructure Contract

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May 22, 2012; Cincinnati, OH USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Leon Hall (29) works out during organized team activities at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

After suffering a torn Achilles tendon for the second time in two years this past season, Leon Hall’s offseason will now consist of careful rehabilitation as he works to come back by the time the 2014 NFL season opens.

Just like the last time he went through an Achilles injury in 2011, Hall is also targeting a complete return by training camp.

“That’s how I look at it,” Hall said in December. “It’s the same injury but every injury’s different. I’m kind of approaching this one the same way I approached the last one as far as we’re just going to rehab every day, see what happens in six months or whatever.”

According to Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson, he is currently on schedule in his rehab and hasn’t had any setbacks yet, as is the case with Geno Atkins and his rehab from a torn ACL.

That’s great news, but the Bengals still have a lot of players looking for new deals, and Hall could certainly help the club out be restructuring his contract. His cap hit will be $8.7 million next year, and he could certainly help him resign free agents like Anthony Collins, or even give A.J. Green a long-term extension.

In a typical restructuring involving a big contract like Hall’s, a player and a team would agree to convert some of his base salary and/or roster bonus into a signing bonus.

First, here’s a look at Hall’s current contract, courtesy of Spotrac:

YEAR BASE S. BONUS MISC. CAP HIT DEAD
2011 5,037,500 1,800,000 - 6,837,500 -
2012 1,600,000 1,800,000 5,100,000 8,500,000 -
2013 6,500,000 1,800,000 100,000 8,400,000 5,400,000
2014 6,800,000 1,800,000 100,000 8,700,000 3,600,000
2015 7,700,000 1,800,000 100,000 9,600,000 1,800,000
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