The question is: Will the Cincinnati Bengals redo/extend Leon Hall's contract to reduce his $9.6 million cap number?
The answer is... probably not.
Bengals.com beat writer Geoff Hobson writes that "there has been no hint of a reduction or an extension to lower the cap count."
The Bengals don’t like to push money into future years, but they also know building up trust with respected leaders like Geathers and Hall is noticed in the locker room. Plus, they've got great regard for what Hall has meant on and off the field and the commitment he showed to both rehabs.
Hall has recovered from two Achilles tears, one suffered in 2011 and the other in 2013.
Once the lockout was lifted in 2011, the Bengals signed Hall to a four-year extension worth $39 million. The deal, which expires after the 2015 season, gives Hall a base salary of $7.7 million and a cap number at $9.6 million -- A.J. Green is the only Bengals player with a higher cap number at $10.176 million.
If the Bengals release Hall, they'll have $1.8 million in dead money, but will save $7.8 million against the cap. A carefully worded contract extension could also help reduce his cap number while keeping Hall around for another year or two -- or more if they wanted (he's only 30-years-old).