It appears we'll have a nice Geno Atkins subplot to follow during the current season of "Hard Knocks."
NFL.com's Albert Breer reported Thursday that the Pro Bowl defensive tackle and the Cincinnati Bengals are discussing a long-term contract, per a source involved in the negotiations. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.
Atkins -- perhaps the best 4-3 defensive tackle in football -- has one year and $1.42 million remaining on the rookie contract he signed with the Bengals in 2010.
Schefter reported that the sides have been engaged in talks for weeks. The typically stingy Bengals made a splash earlier this summer when they signed defensive end Carlos Dunlap to a six-year, $40 million contract.
If that's the cost of keeping the dynamic Atkins in a Bengals uniform, it's well worth it.The Around The League Podcast is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.