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Bengals Sign Geno Atkins To Huge Extension

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Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images.
Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images.

The Cincinnati Bengals have locked up DT Geno Atkins to a five-year extension worth $55 million, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

This new deal will keep Atkins signed through 2018, and it’s second only to the five-year, $61 million deal Haloti Ngata signed with the Baltimore Ravens two years ago. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Atkins will earn $22 million of his total contract in the first six months.

“I’m just happy, and now I can just focus on football and get past whether I was going to sign this year or during the offseason, so I don’t have to worry about that now,” Atkins said. “I’m just going to go out there and play football and help the team go to a Super Bowl.”

The 6-1, 300-pound tackle has quickly made a name for himself after falling into the Bengals’ lap in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. After recording 12.5 sacks, 53 tackles and four forced fumbles last season, he was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and was selected as a first-team All-Pro.

Atkins has become arguably the top defensive tackle in the league, and this was an easy decision to make for both sides.