Domata Peko became the third Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman in eight months to agree to a new contract when he signed a two-year extension Thursday that will keep him in stripes through 2016.
The 6-foot-3, 322-pound Peko is entering his ninth season with the Bengals after being selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft out of Michigan State.
He has had made 67 consecutive starts, the longest current streak on the team, and finished 2013 with 72 tackles and a career-high three sacks. He also expanded his role and played fullback on short-yardage situations and continued to be a leader and positive influence in the film, meeting and locker rooms.
“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,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. “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.”
One of the more popular players on the roster, Peko won the team’s 2013 Good Guy Award, which is presented annually by the Cincinnati chapter of the Pro Football Writers Association of America to the player who is most consistent and cooperative with the media.
Peko joins defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who signed a six-year extension in July , and defensive tackle Geno Atkins, who agreed to a five-year extension in November, as anchors of the defensive line who are locked up well into the future.
The American Samoa native Tweeted a photo of himself signing the contact Thursday afternoon, along with the message, “Thank you Lord! It’s official Whodey Nation 3 more years! LOVE BENGALS LOVE THE CITY LOVE THE FANS! #GodIsGood”.