Taking money now pays off later

By making the tough choice early, Leon Hall secured his financial future

Originally Published: November 15, 2011
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

Right now, the Cincinnati Bengals' Leon Hall must be the happiest guy who has ever torn his Achilles tendon. Or at least he should be. After getting hurt in the second half of the Bengals' 24-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the fifth-year cornerback was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Why exactly should Hall be happy about that? Unlike many other NFL players who decline overtures from their current team to extend their contracts in order to play out their ...

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