Bengals, Atkins work out long-term deal

AP

Anyone who has watched Hard Knocks knows that the Bengals really like defensive tackle Geno Atkins.  They’ve now put Mike Brown’s money where the coaches’ mouths are.

Per a league source, the Bengals and Atkins have agreed to terms on a five-year, $55 million deal extension.

The fourth-round pick in 2010, who was due to be an unrestricted free agent after the season, will earn $22 million over the next six months.  He’ll likewise get $31 million over the first three years.

The contract currently is believed to be the second highest in NFL history for a defensive tackle, behind only Haloti Ngata’s five-year, $61 million deal.