Rapoport expects Atkins to now start visiting teams and weighing his options for 2021 shortly.
The veteran is coming off of a shoulder injury and has not been as effective in recent seasons. He could potentially play a role as a rotational player for a contending team, though.
According to Rapoport, multiple teams remain interested in signing Atkins. However, he’s expected to be deliberate in making a decision.
Atkins, 33, is a former fourth-round pick of the Bengals back in 2010. He was in the final year of a six-year, $56.423 million contract that included $31 million guaranteed when he signed a four-year, $65.3 million extension.
Atkins was set to make base salaries of $11.7 and $12.95 million the next two seasons when the Bengals released him back in March.
In 2020, Atkins appeared in eight games for the Bengals and recorded just one tackle.
We have him included in our Top 100 Available 2021 Free Agents list.