Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Whitworth Agrees to Extension


September 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis (right) talks to tackle Andrew Whitworth (77) during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Bengals defeated the Raiders 33-13. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Whitworth is not only a pro bowl caliber offensive tackle, he is the leader of the Bengals offensive line, and will be now through 2016. The Bengals and Andrew Whitworth have agreed to a one year extension worth a reported $9 million dollars.

Field Yates of ESPN reported via twitter the details of the new deal.

This is great news for the Bengals and their fans. Andrew Whitworth has been the constant and will bring the future in Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbuehi into the organization before he ultimately calls it quits, in hopefully a Bengals uniform.

This deal gets done as the Bengals prepare for their division opener versus the Baltimore Ravens on the road. Andrew Whitworth will be starting on the line with a little more confidence on his future in stripes. The Bengals are taking care of business now compared to facing the free agency rush that they could run into with 16 unrestricted free agents set to hit, two restricted free agents, and one exclusive restricted free agents.

The Bengals can now focus on protecting Andy Dalton on Sunday and the fans can rest a little easier knowing the future is just a little more secure.