The Cincinnati Bengals have made the two-year extension with Domata Peko official, so now fans should have a better idea as to the team’s plans in the 2014 NFL drafts.
The team took to Twitter recently to reveal the news:
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 27, 2014
WCPO.com has the official statement from Marvin Lewis:
“Domata has been a significant and productive player for our defense for many years now, and we are excited to extend his time here even longer,” head coach Marvin Lewis said of Peko who was scheduled to earn a $4.125 million base salary in 2014.
“He is a leader among our veterans and a mentor for our younger players, and securing his future as a Bengal through the next three seasons is another positive step in continuing to improve our team.”
The extension suggestion the Bengals are not interested in adding more talent through the draft, especially with Brandon Thompson and Devon Still stuck behind Peko and Geno Atkins.
There is certainly some talent there, but one has to wonder what will happen if a player like Notre Dame’s Louis Nix falls to the Bengals in the first round. The team typically only keeps four tackles, but that may be called into question if the team finds itself in a position to grab an elite prospect.
Time will tell how the Bengals choose to proceed, but the Peko extension does not slam the door shut on further acquisitions at the position. In Cincinnati, best player available seems to trump all, so be on the lookout for the team to still grab an upgrade if one falls come draft day.