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Caring for their own: Bengals give extensions to Hall, Cook

The Cincinnati Bengals were in the mood to take care of some core players with contract extensions Friday.

First, the team announced it had reached a deal with starting cornerback Leon Hall, then later announced a contract with starting center Kyle Cook, both through 2015.

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NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora, citing a league source, reported that Hall's contract is worth $39 million, with the 2007 first-round draft pick out of Michigan set to earn $20 million by March.

"The main reason going into the process was overall happiness," Hall told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "I have enough faith in this team. We're already heading in the right direction. We just have to make the plays to win these games. Those will come soon here.

"The other side of happiness is my family is here. I have my feet settled in Cincinnati. I love the city, people have been great and I have the best neighbors. There are a lot of positives to stay. I love the coaches and teammates. Sometimes you go to free agency, there's a lot of ifs. You don't know who needs you. It's a lot of up in the air. It's great in certain situations, but I just thought personally it would be great for me to stay."

Hall hasn't missed a game in his four-year career, posting 18 interceptions. He has started all 48 games since 2008.

Cook's deal is worth $14 million, with $5 million guaranteed, according to The Enquirer. Cook, who enters his fourth season, has started each game in the last two years.

"It means a lot," Cook told The Enquirer. "Obviously it is something that I've wanted to get done for a while. I just have to worry about playing the games now, nothing else."

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