Geno Atkins pens five-year Cincinnati Bengals extension

Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after he sacked T.J. Yates #13 of the Houston Texans in the first half during their 2012 AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Reliant Stadium on January 7, 2012
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Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins signs a five-year contract extension to remain at the club.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins has penned a five-year contract extension worth $55m (£35m) with Marvin Lewis's side.

Atkins is regarded as one of the best defensive lineman in the game and has picked up 23 sacks in his first 48 NFL games after being drafted 120th overall in the 2010 Draft.

The 25-year-old told reporters: "It means a lot, just that they believed in me. It shows young guys that do the right things on and off the field, and you will be rewarded, too.

"Now I can just kinda focus on football. I'm happy to play football and help the team go to the Super Bowl."

Cincinnati face the Chicago Bears in their season opener on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins rests during the NFL football team's mandatory mini-camp on June 13, 2013
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