Geno Atkins, in the final year of his deal and primed to be the highest paid defensive linemen in NFL history, chatted with his agents, Dye and Johnson, for quite a while after practice. League sources said there has been ongoing dialogue about a new deal, but they are nowhere close on a deal with the Bengals at this point. I’d still bet strongly that he ends up with the franchise tag in 2014.
Atkins is arguably the best defensive tackle in the NFL and will be paid accordingly. This is the final year of his current contract. He’ll become a free agent next March.