CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Bengals and Geno Atkins have agreed to a long-term extension.
The contract extension will be for five years and, according to ESPN, be worth $55 million.
"Geno's extension is exciting news," said Coach Marvin Lewis. "It puts the issue of his future behind him and the club and allows his focus to be on football and on a great start to our season."
According to ESPN, Atkins was schedule to earn $1.4 million under the last year of his rookie contract. He will make $22 million in the first six months of his new deal.
ESPN sources say that he will make $36 million more over the first six months of his new deal.
Atkins was a fourth round draft pick in 2010. The contract is the second most lucrative deal for a defensive tackle in NFL history.