The Bengals have made it official by announcing an extension with Domata Peko:
He'll now remain under contract through the 2016 NFL season.
"Domata has been a significant and productive player for our defense for many years now, and we are excited to extend his time here even longer," said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.
"He is a leader among our veterans and a mentor for our younger players, and securing his future as a Bengal through the next three seasons is another positive step in continuing to improve our team."
Peko has started the last 67 games (regular season and postseason), the longest streak on the current roster for Bengals starts and NFL starts.
The Cincinnati Bengals will always look to keep their own players for as long as possible, so long as they can perform well and not demand an exorbitant amount of money.
Defensive tackle Domata Peko fits both of those requirements, and it appears they are extending his current deal by two years:
Hearing that @Bengals DT Peko has agreed to 2-year extension— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) March 26, 2014
Puts one of most popular @Bengals in history in Cincy through at least '16— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) March 26, 2014
Peko's deal was set to expire after 2014, and this will ensure he spends nearly, if not all of his entire career in Cincinnati. He was set to make $4.13 million in 2014 if the previous contract is kept intact and two more years are added on to it.
Known as more of a run-stuffer, Peko has averaged 2.5 sacks and 57 tackles over the last three seasons. He'll enter the 2014 season as the starting nose tackle.
It was reported earlier this month that the Bengals were looking to extend the deals of both he and linebacker Vontaze Burfict. Hopefully, this new means they are now getting closer to a new deal with Burfict as well.