Jul 15 2013, 7:51pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes Dunlap reached an agreement with the Bengals for a six-year extension worth $40 million. Citing Pro Football Talk, Reedy says Dunlap is slated to earn $18.7 million between now and the beginning of training camp in 2014. He will earn a grand total of $20 million during the 2013 and 2014 NFL seasons.
NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal adds another $4.5 million is available in incentives and that the extension is until 2018.
Meanwhile, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports notes it's still anybody's guess as to how another Cincinnati defensive end, Michael Johnson, will handle this development. The Bengals have not issued any statement regarding his own long-term contract before the franchise-tag deadline.
Reedy argues Dunlap's maturity has improved although one of his biggest issues is his health - he has yet to play a full 16-game NFL schedule. He sustained a kneed injury in the first game of the preseason against the New York Jets in 2012 and didn't return until Week 3 against the Washington Redskins.
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