Bengals cut Geno Atkins

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After 11 years and eight Pro Bowls with the Bengals, defensive tackle Geno Atkins is on the way out.

Bengals coach Zac Taylor confirmed today that Atkins is being released.

A 2010 fourth-round pick of the Bengals, Atkins became one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL and was a first-team All-Pro in 2012, 2015 and 2016.

But Atkins is about to turn 33 years old and was scheduled to cost $14.7 million against the Bengals’ salary cap this year, and Cincinnati wants to move on. The Bengals will save $9.5 million in cap space by cutting him before June 1.

Now Atkins will become an unrestricted free agent, and he’ll have suitors, though he’ll likely have to take a steep pay cut from what he was making with the Bengals.

17 responses to “Bengals cut Geno Atkins

  1. Geno is still a beast in the middle. Our DC is clueless on how to use him. I’m very upset about him just now being released. He is a loyal hard worker, and should’ve been released ahead of free agency to help him get the best deals out there. He at least deserved that for being the greatest DL in Bengals history.

  2. As a Browns fan, I like seeing it. But I don’t get what Cincy is doing. Every step forward is accompanied by a step back.

  3. Terrible of the Bungles to wait this long for his release. Hopefully, he can sign elsewhere.

  4. But why? Hes still far better then whatever cast off theyre going to run out there and they dont seem to need cap space. Its more likely that mr brown wants a new yacht

  5. Bengals waited until after signing Ogunjobi before cutting Atkins. Same thing with waiting until Reiff was signed before cutting Hart.

    Atkins only had 1 tackle last season with 0 QB pressures or sacks.

  6. If the price is right for the Jone’s, this would be a huge pickup for Dallas in the middle.

  7. I expected this sooner. The Bengals usually do right by former players, and knowing they weren’t going to keep him, I thought they’d let him get to the market sooner. He still can play. The DC in Cincinnati may be the worst in the history of football. Plays guys out of position, last year, they continually opted to play street free agents instead of Dunlap and Atkins. There were reports that Carl Lawson was told not to use hit full pass rush arsenal. Vonn Bell was a big FA signing – and anyone who knew anything, said don’t leave him in deep coverage. So they leave him in deep coverage far too often.

    The former Bengals from last year’s team are going to have big years elsewhere, I think.

    Except Alex Erickson. Fumbling and dropping punts aren’t on the coaching staff.

  8. Now that the NFL is ” engaging ” the fans via legal betting , will they also engage the players by allowing them to bet on games…?? For or against the team they play for…?? Even if he takes a pay cut he could make some dough by betting ( he’s been around football long enough to have some juicy insider info most probably)

  9. Kinda messed up that they waited to release him. Many teams have already spent money that might have been available to him.

  10. Anyone upset about this release hasn’t been paying attention. He basically told us last year he played his last game as a Bengal. He played through injury and grinded it out, but the team was not going to keep him at his cap number. He was the 2nd highest paid player on the team and was not playing like it. My only issue is the timing, they kind of screwed him on that, but it’s possible they’ve been trying to trade him.

  11. He should be a future Hall of Famer, but it seems the Hall doesn’t induct any Bengals not named Munoz (see Ken Riley and Ken Anderson).

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