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Bengals Ink LT Andrew Whitworth to a Deal Through 2015

The Bengals have come to terms on a deal with left tackle Andrew Whitworth, a deal that will keep him in the Queen City all the way through 2015.

“To be working on my third contract going into my sixth year tells me they appreciate what I’ve done as one of the leaders of this team,” Whitworth said Wendesday. “There’s no doubt we can win here with the right attitude and mindset and it falls to guys like me and Domata Peko and Chris Crocker and Bobbie Williams and the other leaders to make sure it happens.”

Whitworth had inked a deal with the Bengals before his third season as a left guard in 2008, but he’s heading into his third season at left tackle and the club rewarded him with an extension average of about $10 million that is near the extension figures for perennial Pro Bowlers Joe Thomas and D’Brickashaw Ferguson.

It’s believed that Whitworth’s count against the salary cap for this season is in the $7 million range and that he’ll make about $20 million over the next three years. Heady numbers for a guy taken in the second round of a 2006 draft where many in the league had projected him as a left guard.

“One of the reasons I wanted to stay is this is the organization that believed in me that I could play left tackle,” Whitworth said.

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