Report: Bengals’ offseason focus on getting extensions for Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap

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The Bengals’ offseason focus is getting defensive tackle Geno Atkins and defensive end Carlos Dunlap signed to extensions, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Both are entering the final year of their deals, with Atkins set to make $9.25 million in base salary and count $9.5 million against the salary cap and Dunlap scheduled to make $7 million and make $7.3 million against the cap.

The Bengals want to use up cap space in 2018, with the team expected to have around $35 million, via They also want to avoid using the franchise tag in 2019.

Dunlap, who turns 29 later this month, made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and ’16. He has 64.5 sacks in his eight seasons in Cincinnati.

Atkins, who turns 30 next month, has made six Pro Bowls in his eight seasons, including the past four years. He twice has earned first-team All-Pro.

4 responses to “Report: Bengals’ offseason focus on getting extensions for Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap

  1. Good plan, don’t want to get into a bidding war for them next year. The last few years have proven that when Cincy’s good players hit the open market, they generally leave. That has to change if they’re ever going to turn the corner.

  2. Smart teams extend good players before the contract expires. Dumb ones and those with little cap space will have to make difficult decisions as to whether they should let players go because they have no choice.

  3. No reason why either of these two should not be extended. You need more than two players on the defense to make plays though. Hopefully some of these other lineman like Willis, Lawson, billings and Glasgow continue to develop and maybe we can get some good linebackers play out of the draft. Aside from burfict there is not another starter worthy backer on the team.

  4. I’m a Bengals fan so I hope I’m wrong, but I could definitely see one or both of these guys playing out their deal and taking similar or even less from someone else next year. I think that’s essentially what happened with Whitworth, I know that’s what happened with Sanu and Marvin Jones. I’m just a fan, but I often wish I could just jump ship to another team. I can’t imagine how it feels to be a star player watching the owner reward Marvin Lewis for mediocrity, knowing that at best I’m one and done in the playoffs.

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