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Contract Breakdown: Geno Atkins

While the spring and summer months countdown to training camp, we're reviewing a handful of the biggest contracts currently being fulfilled by Bengals players.

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While updating rookie contracts, it occurred to us: Why not rehash some of the contracts that are currently on file? For the next few weeks we'll take a look at a handful.

On Sept. 2, 2013, the Cincinnati Bengals finalized a five-year extension with defensive tackle Geno Atkins. Initial reports surfaced from Joe Reedy (formerly of the Cincinnati Enquirer and now Fox Sports) and Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer. The five-year extension, written on top of his four-year rookie deal, is worth $.

YEARS: Five (extension)
TOTAL: $53.327 million
SIGNING BONUS: $15 million

Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Hit Dead Cap
2013 $4,000,000 $3,118,114 - - $7,118,114 $15,118,114
2014 $2,700,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $300,000 $9,000,000 $12,300,000
2015 $5,700,000 $3,000,000 - $300,000 $9,000,000 $9,000,000
2016 $6,300,000 $3,000,000 - $300,000 $9,600,000 $6,000,000
2017 $7,300,000 $3,000,000 - $300,000 $10,600,000 $3,000,000
2018 $9,250,000 - - $300,000 $9,550,000 -

Eventually the Bengals might see value in releasing Atkins if his production doesn't improve from his rehabilitated 2014 season. If Cincinnati released Atkins in 2016, they would see $3.6 million in cap savings -- and $7.6 million savings in 2017 and then $9.55 million savings in 2018. Obviously that won't happen -- especially if he's a contributing factor toward one of Marvin Lewis' eventual Super Bowls (are we being a bit optimistic?)