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Carlos Dunlap hopes Bengals can keep Michael Johnson too

When is $40 million a steal?

According to Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap, it’s when you sign him for that amount of money over the life of a five-year contract extension. During a conference call following the official announcement of the extension on Tuesday, Dunlap said that he thinks the Bengals “got a steal” because there are bigger things to come for both him and the team.

Dunlap also said that he hoped the bigger things come alongside Michael Johnson. His fellow defensive end didn’t get a long-term deal from the Bengals and can’t sign one until after the season, something that may be tough for the Bengals to swing after extending Dunlap if they also want to extend defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Dunlap hopes that isn’t the case and told Johnson as much.

“He was excited for me. He told me congratulations,” Dunlap said, via “I told him, ‘I’m here for the long haul. Hopefully we can get you and Geno here for the long haul, too. If not, we have one more year to reach all our goals and me and you both get to Hawaii with Geno.'”

Should that happen, the Bengals should have a defense capable of getting them a playoff win for the first time since 1990. They’d almost certainly be saying goodbye to Johnson if that happened, but no one ever said ending droughts of that length came without sacrifices.

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8 Responses to “Carlos Dunlap hopes Bengals can keep Michael Johnson too”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 16, 2013 5:12 PM

    When is $40 million a steal?

    Anytime you compare it to either of Stafford’s huge contracts.

  2. bowdowntothebengals says: Jul 16, 2013 5:18 PM

    Defense wins championships. I would love to see MJ sign after we win the super bowl. Don’t think it will happen thou.
    Go Bengals!

  3. jmason100 says: Jul 16, 2013 7:09 PM

    This is the end of Michael Johnson as a Bengal after the 2013 season. Like it or not, Mike Brown will not invest huge contracts for two defensive ends which is why he draft Margus Hunt. He’ll sign Atkins, Green and Dalton to big contracts and let Johnson leave after next year.

  4. nje22 says: Jul 16, 2013 7:09 PM

    We have a ton of cap space


  5. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 16, 2013 8:33 PM

    Of course he does. Now that Dunlap got paid, he’s looking forward to coasting on the bench until retirement.

  6. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jul 16, 2013 8:34 PM

    If they all take a little less to be together, it can happen. Sure hope it does.

  7. mclovinib says: Jul 16, 2013 8:53 PM

    hoping to go to hawaii….he is already resigned to not going to the super bowl…knows they can’t get past baltimore.

  8. dboytx says: Jul 17, 2013 10:59 AM

    “playoff win for the first time since 1990” But yet the Cowboys get beat up all time about this very stat. Guess thats what happens when you are “Americas Team”.

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