The Cincinnati Bengals have hammered out a five-year, $55 million contract with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins, according to ESPN

Atkins will make $22 million in the next six months.

Atkins was rewarded after emerging as one of the top defensive linemen in the game.

Now, the Bengals have him locked up on a long-term basis.

Atkins provides power, explosiveness and playmaking ability.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.