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Friday August 9th, 2013

The Bengals and Geno Atkins are reportedly discussing a long-term deal. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images) The Cincinnati Bengals and Geno Atkins are reportedly discussing a long-term deal. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati Bengals and defensive tackle Geno Atkins are discussing a long-term contract, ESPN.com reports.

Atkins, first-team All-Pro last season and a two-time Pro Bowler, has one year and $1.42 million remaining on the rookie contract he signed with the team in 2010.

The report says that the sides have been engaged in talks for weeks. The Bengals are spending big money on their defense, with $40 million over six years already headed to defensive end Carlos Dunlap.

MMQB: James Harrison in Cincinnati 

BURKE: Bengals prioritize Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins over Michael Johnson Atkins, 25, had 53 tackles, 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles for the Bengals last season.

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