By Glenn Erby
Lead Writer

Geno Atkins was patient, and finally got his money.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle has agreed to a five-year, $55 million deal with the team.

Atkins will earn $22 million in the first six months. The contract will pay Atkins $36 million in new money over the extension’s first three years.

Atkins was slated to earn  $1.4 million under the last year of his rookie contract.

Atkins, 25, had 12.5 sacks last year with the Bengals. He has 23 total so far in his four-year NFL career. 


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