The Bengals today signed DT Geno Atkins and DE Carlos Dunlap to contract extensions. Atkins signed a four-year extension through the 2022 season, and Dunlap signed a three-year extension through 2021. Both players had been in the final seasons of their existing contracts.
Atkins and Dunlap, both ninth-year veterans, have been cornerstones of the Bengals’ defense since joining the team as 2010 NFL Draft selections. Atkins was a fourth-round Bengals draft pick out of the University of Georgia, while Dunlap was the team’s second-round pick out of the University of Florida.
Atkins has played in 121 games (104 starts) over his career. His 61 career sacks rank fourth in team history and are the most ever by a Bengals interior defensive lineman. He recorded a team-high nine sacks last season, marking the fourth time he has led the Bengals in that category. His sack total in 2017 also topped all NFL interior defensive linemen, marking the fifth time he has finished with at least a share of that lead. Atkins in 2017 also was voted last season to his sixth Pro Bowl, the most ever by a Bengals defensive lineman and tied for the most by a Cincinnati defensive player (former CB Lemar Parrish also was a six-time Pro Bowler). Atkins’ career totals also include 339 tackles, eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six passes defensed.
Dunlap has played in 118 games (81 starts) over his career. His 64.5 career sacks entering 2018 rank second in Bengals history behind former DE Eddie Edwards (83.5). Known for his ability to make big plays, Dunlap has 16 career forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, 48 passes defensed, four blocked field goals and three touchdowns. In 2015, his 13.5 sacks were the second-most in a season in Bengals history. Dunlap has been named to two Pro Bowls, in 2015 and ’16.
“We’re very happy to sign Geno and Carlos,” said Bengals Executive Vice President Katie Blackburn. “We think very highly of them. They have been such great players for us, and we’re excited to have them continue their careers as Cincinnati Bengals.”
Said head coach Marvin Lewis: “Geno and Carlos have worked hard to improve each season, and we’re expecting 2018 to be their best seasons yet. We have worked diligently to develop and retain talent over the years, and these contracts keep two of our best players with us for the foreseeable future.”
Atkins and Dunlap will be available in a news conference setting at noon tomorrow (Aug. 29) at Paul Brown Stadium.