Geno Atkins is still waiting on a contract extension. It could be easier if they negotiate quickly. There can be a lot of drama coming from Aaron Donald with getting his extension done.
The two front-runners on getting contract extensions this year is the Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins and the Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. This whole off-season has been all about how big Donald will set the new standard for contracts for DTs. There has been slight difficulty on getting a fair deal done. Donald should be able to get any number signed but there are some other notable players ready for a contract extension also.
Aaron Donald is set to make 25+million a year and most of it guaranteed. Geno Atkins extension has been waiting to see what Donald’s price tag would be. The Rams also have Todd Gurley which is a running back that no one can afford to lose. He would most likely be tagged but they will have to deal with him sooner than later. They also have Tavon Austin and Brandin Cooks that should get extensions because of the way the Rams offense is set up for the receivers. The Rams have 16 free agents in 2019 not including Todd Gurley.
What does the 2019 free agent crisis of the Rams mean to the Bengals and Geno Atkins? It means the bar could be set lower than originally planned. This also could mean Atkins can set the bar and they can even go higher because of their 70 million in cap space for next season. Plus the Bengals have went through their free agent crisis last season. They have a ton to spend. The Bengals need to cut a deal now while the Rams are licking their wounds.
The saturation of star power is unbelievable for the Rams. This will give the Bengals leverage to strike up a deal now when there is plenty of cap space and margins won’t go up.
The Cincinnati Bengals signed three more draft picks yesterday. They have four more draft picks to go.
The Bengals newest safety Jessie Bates just signed his first NFL contract. The second rounder signed a contract for four years worth $4.94 million and $2.38 million guaranteed at signing. That puts his net worth this season at $2.15 million. He will be expecting to take over the free safety position.
Former fourth round pick running back Mark Walton has also signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. His rookie contract is set at four years making $3.14 million. He will be guaranteed $685,000 at signing. He will be making 1.16 million this season. He will be battling for the 3rd running back spot. He should be able get one of the returner positions in special teams.
The Bengals fifth rounder cornerback Darius Phillips also signed his rookie contract. His contract is set at 4 years and $2.67 million. His guaranteed signing bonus is set at $217,553. He will be making $697,553 this season. He should win the other return position on special teams. He is a very diverse cornerback seems he can play 3rd or 4th corner in a nickel or dime defense. Plus he has six picks for touchdowns and five touchdowns on special teams.
The signing information on Fridays signings are in also. Seventh rounder quarterback Logan Woodside is set to make $2,52 million in the next four years including $70,000 signing bonus. Also a seventh round pick guard Rod Taylor is set at $2.52 million for four years. His bonus is set at 69,070. Fifth rounder defensive tackle Andrew Brown will be making $2.73 million in the next four years. His signing bonus is set at $278,413. The other fifth round pick cornerback Davontae Harris will be making $2.74 in the next four years. His signing bonus will be at $288,574.
This leaves four more draft picks to go. The first round draft pick center Billy Price usually will take the longest. Malik Jefferson, Sam Hubbard, and Auden Tate will be expected to sign soon.
The Cincinnati Bengals also signed former Toledo quarterback Logan Woodside and former Ole Miss guard Rod Taylor. Both players were drafted in the seventh round. Woodside is excited to compete for the backup quarterback position. He will be battling against Matt Barkley which is the front-runner. He will also be battling Jeff Driskel which was the Bengals third quarterback last year.
The Bengals also signed some familiar undrafted free agents. Former quarterback from South Florida Quinton Flowers moved to running back. His transition will be watched very closely. The Bengals like quarterbacks that are pocket Qbs and he isn’t one. They think his skill set is perfect for the running back position. Former Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley just signed with the Bengals also. He is used to fighting for positions. He didn’t come on to the draft scheme till his last year in college because of the talent they had in front of him.
The Bengals signed eight more undrafted free agents. UNLV wide receiver Devonte Boyd, East Carolina defensive end Gaelin Elmore, Colorado Mesa tackle Austin Fleer, UCF tight end Jordan Franks, Hawaii safety Trayvon Henderson, Connecticut linebacker Junior Joseph, Old Dominion running back Ray Lawry, and Arkansas State defensive end Ja’Von Rolland-Jones have all signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
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