Geno Atkins, Bengals Sign Five-Year Contract Extension

Bengals_Geno_Atkins_2013Geno Atkins has signed a long-term contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Monday.

The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy first reported the deal.

The five-year extension is worth $55 million, with Atkins earning $22 million in the first six months, a person briefed on the deal told’s Ian Rapoport.

Geno, a fourth-round draft pick, was slated to earn $1.4 million in the last year of his rookie deal.

“It means a lot, just that they believed in me,” Atkins said during a news conference. “… It shows young guys that do the right things on and off the field, and you will be rewarded, too. Now I can just kinda focus on football. … I’m happy to play football and help the team go to the Super Bowl.”

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