In the first few hours of free agency, the Bengals re-signed a key role player on their defense by retaining defensive lineman, Robert Geathers. His new contract numbers may surprise you.
On Tuesday, the Bengals announced the re-signing of their longtime defensive end, Robert Geathers. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 draft, Geathers singed an extension with the Bengals after the the 2006 season, where he had 10.5 sacks and made him one of the highest-paid players on the team. After that contract, most people were disappointed with Geathers' production, as he didn't achieve more than 3.5 sacks in a season since then.
Still, Geathers has been a coach favorite and they made it known that they wanted to keep him this offseason as a part of their formidable defensive line rotation. He is a good defender against the run and can play both outside and inside on passing downs. Still, Geathers received another contract from the Bengals that could be deemed as more than generous. According to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com, the Geathers move makes him only one of three defensive linemen to stick with the team for ten years (Eddie Edwards, Tim Krumrie).
Per Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, Geathers' latest contract is a three-year deal, worth up to $9.5 million. Even though the Carlos Dunlap gets considerable playing time at the position, oftentimes more so than Geathers, it's No.91 that usually starts a game at defensive end. So far with three players, the Bengals have invested around $17 million for 2013 at defensive end between the deals for Geathers, Wallace Gilberry and the franchise tag deal for Michael Johnson.
Said Marvin Lewis of the Geathers signing on Monday (per the team's press release):
Robert brings us not just fine and consistent play, but leadership and experience," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "He’s a big part of our success with his own play, and I know our younger guys have talked about how he’s made them more effective players. We are glad he has chosen to remain a Bengal."
Geathers himself also talked about the signing saying that "it is special to possibly finish your career with the team that drafted you" and that it "means a lot that they value what I bring to the table".