Originally posted on NFL Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 1/25/13

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks free from Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 27-21. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Bengals DT Geno Atkins‘ agent recently spoke with the team at the Senior Bowl regarding a contract extension for his client. Atkins’ agent characterized the talks as a ”brief, casual“ encounter. “We had some dialogue down here,” said agent Pat Dye, per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “Both sides would like to get something sooner rather than later. It’s just a matter of sitting down and getting it done in a way that satisfies both sides.” Atkins, 24, will be attending his second Pro Bowl in his brief NFL career and is in a great position to receive a long-term contract extension from the Bengals. He has quickly become one of the best interior defensive lineman in the game and was rated as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the league by Pro Football Focus this season.  He’ll be entering the final year of his rookie contract next season, so there’s at least a reasonable chance that he could secure a deal that would come close to averaging $12 million per season. The post Contract Extension Could Be Coming For Bengals DT Geno Atkins appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.
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