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3 Most Likely Geno Atkins Free-Agent Destinations Following 2021 NFL Draft

Max Staley
Three most likely Geno Atkins free-agent destinations following the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three most likely Geno Atkins free-agent destinations following the 2021 NFL Draft. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

With the NFL Draft in the books, rosters are finally beginning to take shape. That's good news for aging veterans like Geno Atkins, as in the post-draft period organizations now have a much better understanding of their needs heading into the 2021 campaign.

Teams that have been patiently waiting to sign veterans like Atkins could be looking to pounce as soon as this afternoon. Veterans signed after 4 p.m. EST on May 3 will no longer contribute toward the compensatory pick calculation, meaning we could see a flurry of deals in the next few days.

And there's no shortage of teams that could use the 33-year-old DT's services. With that in mind, here's a look at the best free-agent destinations for the eight-time Pro Bowler.

Geno Atkins Free Agency Rumors

3. Cincinnati Bengals

Atkins spent his entire 11-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals, and there were some rumblings about a potential reunion earlier last month. The move would make some sense. Larry Ogunjobi received a pass-rushing grade below 60.0 from ProFootballFocus in each of the past three seasons, while D.J. Reader is more of a run-stuffer than a pass-rusher. Atkins could return to the team he made eight Pro Bowls with to play a rotational pass-rushing role from the interior. He'd be a nice complement to Reader and Ogunjobi.

2. Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns cut Sheldon Richardson to make room for the Jadeveon Clowney signing. While there have been rumors of a reunion between the two, Atkins could be a nice consolation prize if Richardson proves to be too pricey. After a down year in which he was limited to just eight appearances, Atkins shouldn't cost much. But he was a Pro Bowler as recently as 2019 and could be a force from the interior, especially if he's surrounded by Myles Garrett and Clowney. Things appeared to get pretty contentious between Atkins and Cincinnati at points last year. If he's looking to stick it to the Bengals, signing with their division rival would do just that.

1. Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks revamped their front seven this offseason, bringing in Aldon Smith and Kerry Hyder Jr. while re-signing Carlos Dunlap. Atkins could give this pass-rush a boost from the interior, as most of Seattle's additions have been on the edge. Plus, Atkins has much more 2021 upside than someone like Al Woods, who is a serviceable yet uninspiring option. This move would reunite Atkins with another former Bengal in Dunlap, as the duo came into the league with Cincinnati in 2010 and stayed together until Dunlap was dealt at the deadline in 2020.

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