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CantStop85
08-31-2006, 06:56 PM
That's 3 out of 5 starting offensive linemen extended this offseason for the Bengals, along with Palmer, Chad, and Jeremi Johnson. Per espn, it's a $32 million deal, $20 million in the first 3 years. :cheers:
Big deal for Big Willie

By GEOFF HOBSON
August 31, 2006

Posted: 4:15 p.m.


Anderson
Willie Anderson stands on the verge of joining Ken Anderson as the longest serving Bengal after the club extended the three-time Pro Bowler?s contract five more years through the 2011 season Thursday in an undisclosed deal that could make him the NFL's top paid right tackle.

Anderson, 31, would be in his 16th season on that final year and would tie the Bengals? longevity record set by another Anderson, the club?s all-time passer in records set from 1971-86.

The deal comes on the heels of last month?s six-year extension for left tackle Levi Jones totaling $40 million as the Bengals make sure quarterback Carson Palmer is going to be their next all-time leading passer by locking up his bookend tackles. Anderson and Jones were the linchpins of Palmer?s pass protection that allowed him to get sacked the fewest times of any other regular quarterback except Peyton Manning last season on the way to his first Pro Bowl.

On the eve of the preseason finale in Indianapolis, the Anderson extension fittingly wraps up an all-out offseason offensive by the front office to secure long-term deals for several members of one of the league?s top offenses. The bonanza began with Palmer?s own six-year, $97 million extension back in December, followed by new deals for fullback Jeremi Johnson, right guard Bobbie Williams, Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson and now Jones and Anderson.

With Jones now the NFL's fourth highest-paid left tackle and Anderson already the second highest paid right tackle before Thursday, it's going to be hard for the Bengals to sign left guard Eric Steinbach to an elite deal. But they have locked up three-fifths of what is viewed as one of the top units in the NFL and the Bengals' best line since Hall of Famer Anthony Mu?oz anchored the 1988 run to the AFC championship.

Anderson hasn't missed a game in this decade with 96 straight starts and is closing in on Tony McGee's 117 straight for fifth place on the list.

83-Steelers-43
08-31-2006, 06:58 PM
Wow, before opening up the "Football" section I was expecting to read "Arrested today for assaulting and raping a minor with Chris Henry".

Congratulations.

Livinginthe past
08-31-2006, 08:14 PM
I know how the Bengals place a premium on their offense and by extension their O-Line but this seems like alot of money to be shelling out in one particular area.

How much money is that now that Cincy have dedicated to the upkeep of the O-Line?

KC has had one of the most dominating O-lines in recent years, if not the most dominating, but they dont have a great deal to show for it.

Balance is the key - and if Cincy is spending so much money on an offensive tackle who will be 36/37 at the end of his contract - then that is money being taken away from the defense.

NM

CantStop85
08-31-2006, 08:59 PM
Balance is the key - and if Cincy is spending so much money on an offensive tackle who will be 36/37 at the end of his contract - then that is money being taken away from the defense.
Eh, well, it would seem that way, but exactly who on the Bengal defense is worthy of a lot of money at this point? The Bengals organization has never been big on signing big money/high profile free agents, so that really isn't much of a concern. The Bengals' plan is to develop a good defense through the draft, in doing this they don't have to shell out a huge amount of money until a player actually proves their worth.

Right now, the Bengals really don't have very many defensive players that will be worthy of a huge pay-raise in the near future. The cap space that remains will be more than enough to pay for the draft picks and the typical one or two lower to middle tier free agent additions each year.

Livinginthe past
08-31-2006, 09:05 PM
Eh, well, it would seem that way, but exactly who on the Bengal defense is worthy of a lot of money at this point? The Bengals organization has never been big on signing big money/high profile free agents, so that really isn't much of a concern. The Bengals' plan is to develop a good defense through the draft, in doing this they don't have to shell out a huge amount of money until a player actually proves their worth.

Right now, the Bengals really don't have very many defensive players that will be worthy of a huge pay-raise in the near future. The cap space that remains will be more than enough to pay for the draft picks and the typical one or two lower to middle tier free agent additions each year.

Sure, I understand your point about no-one on the D currently being worth that type of money - but if someone is unearthed through the draft then they will need to be extended - and if their is a huge amount of money already consigned to the offense then they wont be able to do it.

They have found some nice additions to the linebacker corps recently - I take it Odell Thurman and David Pollack will need a hefty amount of change to re-sign.

Out of interest, what is the situation with Deltha O-Neale?

Does he have many years left on his current contract?

NM

CantStop85
08-31-2006, 09:32 PM
Sure, I understand your point about no-one on the D currently being worth that type of money - but if someone is unearthed through the draft then they will need to be extended - and if their is a huge amount of money already consigned to the offense then they wont be able to do it.
At this point I don't think any of the defensive players will need to be extended for at least another year or two. Odell Thurman was a rising possibility until his suspension, now he's just fighting to stay on the roster. There is still a decent amount of cap space to resign/extend 1 or 2 players if need be in the future. With the cap going up about 7 mill next season and the inevitable release of Tory James after his contract expires after this season (close to a $4 million cap hit), I think the Bengals should be doing OK.

They have found some nice additions to the linebacker corps recently - I take it Odell Thurman and David Pollack will need a hefty amount of change to re-sign.
Eh, David Pollack has shown flashes, but didn't even win the starting job until late last season and right now is struggling with an injury. I think it will take 2 years (unless he has a monster season) before he can really lobby for a new contract. Odell Thurman is lucky to still have a job at this point, it will take some time for him to prove himself again. I could see him playing out his entire rookie contract (both Pollack and Thurman are signed through 2009.)


Out of interest, what is the situation with Deltha O-Neale?

Does he have many years left on his current contract?

Deltha O'Neal is signed up through the 2008 season. His base salary is about 1.4 million this year.

Livinginthe past
08-31-2006, 10:02 PM
At this point I don't think any of the defensive players will need to be extended for at least another year or two. Odell Thurman was a rising possibility until his suspension, now he's just fighting to stay on the roster. There is still a decent amount of cap space to resign/extend 1 or 2 players if need be in the future. With the cap going up about 7 mill next season and the inevitable release of Tory James after his contract expires after this season (close to a $4 million cap hit), I think the Bengals should be doing OK.


Eh, David Pollack has shown flashes, but didn't even win the starting job until late last season and right now is struggling with an injury. I think it will take 2 years (unless he has a monster season) before he can really lobby for a new contract. Odell Thurman is lucky to still have a job at this point, it will take some time for him to prove himself again. I could see him playing out his entire rookie contract (both Pollack and Thurman are signed through 2009.)


Deltha O'Neal is signed up through the 2008 season. His base salary is about 1.4 million this year.

Thanks for the info.

My impression was that Pollack and Thurman were a little further along then they obviously are.

Cheers

NM

Petesburgh66
08-31-2006, 11:26 PM
How much of this play money as I didn't see the bonus he got? At 31, I don't see him making it to the end of the contract.