Leon Hall has been a key component of the Cincinnati Bengals’ secondary, but his time in Cincinnati could be coming to a close.
Leon Hall, cornerback
31 years old, 5-foot-11, 195 pounds
Rotoworld ranking: 10th-ranked cornerback
Agent: Relativity Sports
2015 stats: 55 tackles, nine pass defenses, two run stuffs, two interceptions, one touchdown
Leon Hall has been one of the most unheralded yet most impactful Bengals players of the 21st century, but his time donning stripes could be coming to a close. The 31-year-old cornerback has endured multiple Achilles injuries and even played through a herniated disc injury in 2015. The veteran has endured injury after injury, and it’s pretty evident that it will be a task for Hall to keep playing football.
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While Hall was actually relatively productive in 2015, Cincinnati will probably elect move on regardless. Hall won’t command a high salary next season, but his usefulness to the Bengals is drastically diminishing by the month, as his body won’t be able to hold up much longer. In fact, Bengals beat writers have suggested that Hall could even be considering retirement. After all, he’s played nine seasons in the NFL and has endured several injuries. If the corner continues to play through injury, he could severely impact his long-term health, which could negatively affect his life after football–something every NFL athlete has in the back of his mind.
If Hall would sign a veteran minimum contract and stay around without expecting to see major minutes, there wouldn’t be a problem with the Bengals re-signing him. But for a player who has endured several major injuries, it’s more likely that Hall would either retire or sign a pricier contract elsewhere than stay in Cincinnati.