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Old 07-25-2006, 04:54 PM   #1
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Default Levi Jones Locked Up In Cincy

So, how many of you thought I was talking about another arrest? Chad, Carson, Jeremi Johnson, Bobbie Williams, and Levi Jones all extended this offseason. There's still hope in the world.
Bengals lock up Jones

July 25, 2006

4 p.m.

The Bengals locked up another key offensive player Tuesday when they reached a six-year contract extension with left tackle Levi Jones, according to agent Kenny Zuckerman.

The Bengals, who won?t comment on deals until they are signed, now have Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer in the fold through 2014, Pro Bowl wide receiver Chad Johnson through 2011, and Jones, a Pro Bowl alternate, through 2012. Plus, running back Rudi Johnson, the franchise?s single-season rushing leader, is here through 2009 and wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, with 150 caches over the past two seasons, through 2008.

Jones becomes the highest-paid offensive lineman in club history with a contract surpassing the $30.6 million deal three-time Pro Bowler Willie Anderson signed before the 2000 season and ends after this one. Zuckerman says the deal in new money makes Jones the league?s fourth-highest paid offensive lineman with guarantees of $16.3 million in a total package of a little more than $40 millon.

The Jones deal doesn?t preclude an extension for Anderson and left guard Eric Steinbach, but one or both now may not get done before the season is over. Anderson?s agent said Tuesday he?s had no talks with the club this offseason.

Extensions for Jones and right guard Bobbie Williams make the Bengals breath a little easier along a front that set a club record when it gave up just 21 sacks while Rudi Johnson set the team?s season rushing record with 1,458 yards.

Jones is a major reason Palmer went to his first Pro Bowl with the Bengals? first three-digit passer rating, shutting out several of the NFL?s top sackers, including the Colts? Dwight Freeney, the Ravens? Terrell Suggs, and the Packers? Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.

Jones, the club?s first-round pick in 2002 who turns 27 next month, had started 59 straight games until sitting out last season?s finale in Kansas City after the club had clinched the AFC North title. Included in that streak is the now legendary start against the 49ers in 2003 that came just six days after Jones had arthroscopic knee surgery.
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Default Re: Levi Jones Locked Up In Cincy

you beat me to it. i step closer to salary cap hell.

in other news: no bengals were arrested today, but the day is still young.
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