Originally written on Gridiron Grit  |  Last updated 7/17/13
The Cincinnati Bengals locked down their star defensive end through 2018 Tuesday as Carlos Dunlap signed a five-year extension of his contract, according to the team. The new deal is worth $40 million and was previously set to expire after next season. [RELATED: HBO Confirms Bengals Will Appear On Hard Knocks] Photo Credit: Bengals.com Cincinnati is quietly becoming one of the best defensive teams in the NFL. But the Bengals must put it together in the playoffs, and after a solid offseason of re-signing several of their key players—along with adding veteran James Harrison—Dunlap was the icing on the cake to make their potential Super Bowl run legitimate. “One of our key offseason goals was to continue signing and extending our key players, and the signing of Carlos is another positive step,” said Bengals’ head coach Marvin Lewis. “Over his three seasons with us, Carlos has continued to progress and develop. He has demonstrated the ability to be productive as a three-down player, and...
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