CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals agreed to contract extensions Tuesday with defensive tackle Geno Atkins and end Carlos Dunlap Kelechi Osemele Jersey , their top pass rushers who were entering the final years on their deals.
Dunlap tweeted about the “Back to Back” deals before they were confirmed by the team. Atkins’ agents confirmed on Twitter he got a four-year deal , while Dunlap was extended for three years . The deals reportedly could be worth a combined $110 million if all terms are fulfilled.
“We have worked diligently to develop and retain talent over the years, and these contracts keep two of our best players with us for the foreseeable future,” coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement.
The Bengals made extensions for their top two defensive players a priority. Dunlap didn’t participate in some offseason team activities Nick Easton Jersey , forcing the issue before the sides got immersed in extension talks.
The Bengals cleared some salary cap room for the deals when they released receiver Brandon LaFell and safety George Iloka during training camp, opening spots for younger and less-expensive players.
Atkins, 30, made his sixth Pro Bowl and led the Bengals with nine sacks last season Kevin Faulk Jersey , the most by an NFL interior lineman. He has 61 sacks in his eight seasons, the most by a Bengals interior lineman.
Dunlap, 29, finished third on the club with 7½ sacks last season. His best year was 2015 Will Redmond Jersey , when he had 13½ sacks, second-most in club history. His totals have slipped each of the past two seasons. He’s also adept and blocking passes at the line, knocking down a team-leading 15 in 2016.
The Patriots announced two additions to Bill Belichick’s coaching staff, naming Cameron Achord an assistant special teams coach and Atif Austin a coaching assistant.
Achord most recently served as interim head coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College.
He played safety at Belhaven University Ryan Schraeder Jersey , beginning his coaching career in 2009 as a special teams graduate assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi. He then joined Southwest Mississippi as an assistant coach in 2012, serving in various roles before being named interim head coach last year.
Austin spent the past four seasons as the receivers coach and special teams coordinator at North Dakota State. He was part of three Football Championship Subdivision national championships and four Missouri Valley Football Conference titles.
Austin also served as an assistant at Stetson, Northern Iowa and Southwest Minnesota State after playing four seasons at Iowa State.
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