The Cincinnati Bengals signed Georgia great Geno Atkins to a historic contract on Tuesday, securing the key component of their defensive line for the next several years.
Atkins’ four-year deal is worth $65.3 million, with $25.5 million coming in the first year. The Pembroke Pines, Florida native will average $16.3 million per year. It was the largest contract given to a non-quarterback age 30 or older in NFL history.
Atkins is No. 2 in career franchise sacks with 61 and although there isn’t an official NFL stat, Atkins is the greatest defensive ‘disrupter’ in the league today. The former Bulldog consistently occupies two blockers and simply blows up plays.
A fourth round selection in the 2010 NFL draft, this is the third contract for the former St. Thomas Aquinas High star. He has been voted All-Pro six times in his career. While at Georgia, Atkins was an All-SEC selection for three years, including first team All-SEC in 2007.
It will only be a matter of time before Georgia and Cincinnati fans see Gene Reynard Atkins Jr. enshrined in Canton.