Previous reports suggested the Bengals were making an “aggresive push” to reach an agreement, however the Post says there is “still a ways to go before ink meets paper.”
Atlanta-based agents Pat Dye Jr. and Bill Johnson have a good relationship with the Bengals, having worked out T Andrew Whitworth contract not long ago, and are expected to work things out for Atkins who has exceeded the team’s expectations.
This coincides with a recent report from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, which mentioned that there is “ongoing dialogue,” between the two parties.
Atkins, 25, has quickly become of the best interior lineman in the entire game. Last year, Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the league with rating almost three time higher than the closest player. Atkins and his agent could be targeting a similar deal to that of Ravens NT Haloti Ngata who received a five-year, $61 million contract with $37.1 million guaranteed.