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AFC North notebook: Bengals are spending money to compete
AFC North notebook: Bengals are spending money to compete

Those old jokes about Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown supposedly being a miser too cheap to spend what it takes to win no longer seem to apply. Brown has spent a lot of money expanding his scouting department in recent years, and he made another hefty investment this week. The old-school, hands-on owner rewarded Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins with a five-year contract extension worth $54.755 million, including a $15 million signing bonus, making him the second-highest paid defensive tackle in NFL history behind Ravens Pro Bowl lineman Haloti Ngata. Atkins is regarded as the scourge of the AFC North, shooting gaps and bull-rushing blockers to set a franchise record with...

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