Bengals, Atkins work out long-term deal


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.