Cincinnati Bengals: 5 Players to Move on From

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Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith (71) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith (71) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during a AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) runs back an interception for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated St. Louis 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) runs back an interception for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated St. Louis 31-7. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Leon Hall, Cornerback

Leon Hall has been a solid corner for the Bengals ever since he was drafted out of Michigan way back in 2007. The former first-round pick has assembled an incredibly impressive lifetime resumé, compiling 470 tackles, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 111 pass defenses, 14 run stuffs, 26 interceptions, 261 interception return yards and three defensive touchdowns.

While Hall has been effective, he has also been extremely injury-prone. In 2015, the corner played through a herniated disc–this after suffering multiple Achilles injuries in years past. Hall is too beat-up to continue playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. Many believe he will choose to retire before the start of the 2016 season–but if he doesn’t retire, odds are he won’t return to Cincinnati.

Like former Bengal corner Terence Newman, Hall could find a new home with a former coach in Minnesota (Head Coach Mike Zimmer) or Miami (Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph). He’s versatile enough to fit right into another team’s system, either as a corner or as a safety–although it may take him some time to adjust as a safety. Perhaps a team like his hometown Chargers could take a chance on the veteran and plug him into its secondary, as well.

The bottom line is this: Cincinnati has already given Hall his shot by giving him significant playing time this season, and while the corner wasn’t atrocious, it’s clear that his time is up. Whether Leon Hall retires or finds a new team to play for, his time in Cincinnati is likely over.

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