Reported by multiple organizations on Monday, broken by Pro Football Talk and Geoff Hobson with Bengals.com, the Bengals have confirmed and announced the five-year extension signed by Carlos Dunlap.
"One of our key offseason goals was to continue signing and extending our key players, and the signing of Carlos is another positive step," said head coach Marvin Lewis. "Over his three seasons with us, Carlos has continued to progress and develop. He has demonstrated the ability to be productive as a three-down player, and we are glad to have him committed to be a part of our future."
The deal was originally reported as a six-year contract, which is partially true because it's being added on top of the one-year remaining on his original rookie deal. However, the extension keeps Dunlap in Cincinnati through 2018.
Dunlap (6-6, 280; Florida) is a fourth-year NFL player in 2013. Last season he played in 14 games and had 55 tackles, including 6.0 sacks, and he tied for the team lead in both forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (three). His total of fumbles forced and recovered (seven) led the team by three.
He had several key plays last season in three Bengals victories -- Sept. 23 at Washington, Dec. 2 at San Diego and Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore. For the San Diego game, he was named by the NFL as AFC Defensive Player of the Week. In the 20-13 victory over the Chargers, he had two sacks, forcing a fumble on each, and he recovered one of the fumbles late in the game to help preserve the win. He totaled five tackles and was credited by coaches with four additional QB pressures.