Will New Deal for Johnathan Joseph Hurt Leon Hall’s Chances of Staying a Bengal?

June 18, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With all the hype surrounding Chad Ochocinco practicing with his teammates for the first time this offseason, the top story entering Tuesday's mandatory minicamp involved the Cincinnati Bengals and cornerback Johnathan Joseph.

Numerous reports emerged Tuesday how the Bengals had reached out to Joseph and his agent about negotiating a long-term contract extension.
The former first-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie contract and is expected to earn $885,000 in 2010.

Last season, Joseph and Leon Hall provided Cincinnati with arguably the top duo at cornerback in the NFL, playing a major role in the success of Mike Zimmer’s fourth-ranked defense. They each recorded six interceptions and helped the Bengals’ defense finish sixth overall by allowing just 203.1 yards per game through the air.

As long as both players manage to stay healthy, the dynamic duo should help the Bengals possess one of the top defenses once again during th...

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