Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reported yesterday that the Bengals were close to closing a two year extension deal with defensive tackle Domata Peko, but the Bengals have reported just over twenty four hours later that they have officially gotten the deal done:
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 27, 2014
Peko was the fourth round draft pick for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006. The Michigan State product has 398 tackles and 12.5 sacks in his 8 seasons.
This move is good for his family, who welcomed in their newest addition just last year with the birth of their third child. It is great for the city, as he continues to be a great example by volunteering for local charities and donating his time. Finally, this move is great for the team, keeping a solid leadership piece on the roster and in the locker room.
Peko was scheduled to make over $4 million this season and is opposite of Geno Atkins. He started in all 16 games and played a huge part in solidifying the defensive line when Atkins went down for the season. He brings a strong and consistent leadership quality, which will be key with a new defensive coordinator at the helm.
Mike Brown and the Cincinnati Bengals have earned a little bit of the fans respect back with this move. When Michael Johnson and Anthony Collins left, the organizations dedication to keep players in house started to look dim. This addition keeps a key leader and a great franchise player on the field.