Bengals lock up Carlos Dunlap long-term

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap signed a six-year, $40 million contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday.

This extension locks up one of the defensive keys for the Bengals through the 2018 season. Despite Dunlap’s health issues, he has never played all 16 games in a season, he is considered one of the top pass rushers in the NFL. He has only two career starts, but averaged 45.2 snaps per game last season, more than starter Robert Gathers 40.4.

“One of our key offseason goals was to continue signing and extending our key players, and the signing of Carlos is another positive step,” said head coach Marvin Lewis, via USA Today. “Over his three seasons with us, Carlos has continued to progress and develop. He has demonstrated the ability to be productive as a three-down player, and we are glad to have him committed to be a part of our future.”

According to NBC Sports, Dunlap would have been making just $630,000 for the 2013 season, but thanks to the extension will instead be earning $18.7 million. Then he will make $20 million over the next two seasons.

The Bengals have done a good job locking up their defensive line this offseason. Geathers and Wallace Gilberry were resigned four months ago, before free agency began, and defensive end Michael Johnson received the one-year franchise tag.

“The camaraderie is already there. Now we just have to get better together,” Dunlap said about the unit during off-season workouts. “We know how all of us play. We’ve played together for a couple of years now, so it should be more natural.”

Dunlap has 20 sacks during his three seasons in the league after being drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Bengals.

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