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Bengals Sign LT Andrew Whitworth To A One-Year, $9M Extension

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Bengals have signed LT Andrew Whitworth to a one-year contract extension, which will keep him under team control through the 2016 season.

  • According to Yates, Whitworth receives $9 million next year as part of this agreement.
  • Aaron Wilson reports that the total value of the deal is $14.2 million, which includes a $2 million signing bonus to go along with base salaries $5 million, $5.8 million.
  • Whitworth can receive up to $1 million in roster bonuses along with a $1.2 million Pro Bowl escalator clause, per Wilson.

Cincinnati wound up selecting two offensive tackles with their first- and second-round picks in this year’s NFL draft, so there was some question about his future with the team.

Whitworth did, however, make it clear that he wanted to be back with the Bengals, and it appears as though Cincinnati felt it was best to hold onto him, even after investing heavily in the offensive tackle position.

Whitworth, 33, was is in the final year five-year, $30.4 million contract that included $5 million guaranteed. He stands to make a base salary of $5 million for the 2015 season.

This season, Whitworth is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 4 offensive tackle of 68 qualifying players.