Report: Bengals, Geno Atkins discussing long-term deal
Atkins, first-team All-Pro last season and a two-time Pro Bowler, has one year and $1.42 million remaining on the rookie contract he signed with the team in 2010.
The report says that the sides have been engaged in talks for weeks. The Bengals are spending big money on their defense, with $40 million over six years already headed to defensive end Carlos Dunlap.
Atkins, 25, had 53 tackles, 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles for the Bengals last season.