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Dunlap on deal: "Came out of left field"

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - It's a deal Carlos Dunlap said came "out of left field", but stresses his new contract won't hurt his relationship with teammate Michael Johnson.

Dunlap signed a new contract with the Bengals on Monday that runs a total of 6-years and $40 million.

"We've been talking for a few months now," said Dunlap of the negotiations with the Bengals. "But, the crunch time didn't get (to be) crunch time until yesterday (Monday).  I didn't expect it to be this close or this soon to get a deal done."

Dunlap and Johnson are the Bengals' best two defensive ends.  Johnson is back this coming season on a one-year deal under the franchise tag and it's believed the Bengals could only afford to give one of the two a big money contract.

"We're grown men.  We understand the business side," said Dunlap by phone.  "Mike and I are both friends and I was pushing for him to get a deal.  I didn't know that I would get a deal in spite of his getting a deal done.  Me, Geno (Atkins) and Mike want to get a deal done and stay together for years to come."

Dunlap has played three years with the Bengals and has 20 career sacks.  He's only started two career games and has missed a total of 10 games because of injury.

"I'm motivated more now than ever.  Like getting a little taste of blood.  You want more and more.  (Like) a vampire."

Dunlap says he "likes his chances" to be a starter this coming season for the Bengals after working with the starters at mini-camp.

"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 head coach Marvin Lewis.  "He has demonstrated the ability to be productive as a three-down player, and we are glad to have him committed to be a part of our future."

Dunlap's contract was set to run out after the 2013 season before the Bengals gave him the contract extension.  If the Bengals choose not to extend Michael Johnson's contract, it'll be the last season together in Cincinnati for Dunlap and Johnson. 

"He was excited for me," said Dunlap of Johnson.  "I told him ‘I'm here for the long haul.  Hopefully, we can get you and Geno (Atkins) here for the long haul, too.'  If not, we've got one year to reach all of our goals and me and you get to Hawaii with Geno."

 

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