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Cincinnati Bengals Sign DE Carlos Dunlap To Extension

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Carlos Dunlap will be terrorizing opposing quarterbacks in Cincinnati for years to come. Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images.
Carlos Dunlap will be terrorizing opposing quarterbacks in Cincinnati for years to come. Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the Cincinnati Bengals have signed DE Carlos Dunlap to a six-year, $40 million extension. He’s set to earn half of the total deal ($20 million) in just his first two seasons. $18.7 million of the $20 million will be paid out between now and the start of training camp in 2014. Adam Schefter of ESPN also notes that there’s also the possibility of an additional $4.5 million in escalators.

Dunlap, coming up on his fourth season in the league, has had a productive career ever since he was drafted out of Florida in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 54th overall pick. He recorded a career-high 9.5 sacks last season, and has 20 total sacks over the course of his three seasons in the league. The 24-year-old has a bright career ahead of him if he continues to improve, and he has a chance to significantly build on that sack total if he gets to start — he has a total of two career starts under his belt thus far — this season and moving forward.

One of the Bengals other defensive ends, Michael Johnson, did not get a long-term deal with the team, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com. He’ll be playing out his one-year franchise tag tender, worth $11.175 million, and enter free agency in 2014 as an unrestricted free agent. It’s clear that the Bengals place a high value on Dunlap, and it appears that Johnson will end up walking next season after he failed to come to terms on a long-term deal with the team.