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Contract Extension With Andrew Whitworth Is Close

During Cincinnati's 24-7 win over the Carolina Panthers, Jason La Canfora with the NFL Network tweeted that the Bengals were negotiating extensions with cornerback Leon Hall and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, hoping "to get contracts done in (the) near future." On Wednesday, Geoff Hobson of is hearing the same thing.

Hearing #Bengals talking to several players about extensions. Believed to be nearing two-year extension with Andrew Whitworthless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Since a two-year extension would seal Whitworth through the 2015 season, this is Cincinnati's effort to reward Whitworth with his tremendous play on the offensive line. Along with only allowing two quarterback sacks (or three depending on the sources because we've read conflicting results), Whitworth won the Pro Bowl fan vote and graded as the league's best offensive tackle according to Pro Football Focus. The Football Outsider Almanac 2011 writes that Whitworth "had a great year."

While Whitworth is getting a raise, Leon Hall, another player the Bengals are looking to extend, would be an issue of an expiring contract at the end of this season.