Says CBSSports.com:

A fourth-round pick out of Georgia back in 2010, Atkins (97 above chasing Eagles QB Carson Wentz) is easily one of the better interior linemen in the game, having gone to seven Pro Bowls in nine seasons (and counting) with the Bengals. A model of both durability and production, the veteran logged 10 sacks at age 30 in 2018 and remains an integral part of Cincy’s defense, not to mention an all-timer for the Bengals.

Here we get our first go-big-or-go-home possibility for Roseman.

The Bengals will be fighting to stay out of last place in Week 4, so they could be motivated to sell, and while Atkins just got a $65 million deal in August 2018, the extension was built for a potential 2020 out, and Zac Taylor might want every ounce of draft capital and salary-cap space he can get moving forward.

From the Eagles’ perspective, you’d be getting an instant star to plug in next to Fletch Cox, where injuries have ravaged Philly’s defensive tackle depth, and have future flexibility to either keep him in favor of Malik Jackson or swallow some money and move on after ’19.

Proposed compensation: Atkins comes with a heftier price tag ($14.6M in 2019, $7.8M if cut in 2020), so let’s say a 2020 second or third, plus one or two 2021 late-rounders might do the trick. (Think Jadeveon Clowney here — premiere player with cost concerns bringing the trade compensation down.)


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