Geno Atkins has emerged as one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. His quickness off the ball and tenacity help him generate a ton of pressure on the quarterback. Last year, he led all defensive tackles with 12.5 sacks.
Because he slipped into the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Atkins’ salary doesn’t match up with his level of play. He and the Cincinnati Bengals have discussed terms of an extension, but have yet to come to an agreement.
Cincinnati has been known to play hardball in contract negotiations. It can’t allow a situation to develop with Atkins that resembles the ones that occurred with Carson Palmer and Corey Dillon.
It’d be in the Bengals' best interest to solve this contract situation as soon as possible. This is a team looking to make a Super Bowl run and can’t afford to have a distraction like this surrounding the team.