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Approval poll: Bengals sign Tyler Boyd to big extension

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The Bengals took care of one of their most important young players before the threat of free agency crept too close for comfort.

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The Bengals and wide receiver Tyler Boyd agreed to a four-year contract extension worth up to $43 million. This means Boyd will be locked up for five more seasons (including 2019).

Boyd had a breakout season in 2018. He was one of the few bright spots for a team that had such a disappointing finish to the season. He posted his first 1,000 yard receiving season on a career high 76 receptions with seven touchdowns.

Boyd’s career started off somewhat promising after being drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. He caught over 50 passes for 603 yards with a touchdown. Considering he only started two games his rookie season, it seemed like Boyd was bound to take a step forward in his second season.

However, it seemed like he fell into the dog house early after he was a healthy scratch in Week 2 when John Ross returned from injury, and if Ross didn’t get injured in that game, who knows if that may have been a recurring theme. His strong finish in 2017, which included a touchdown catch that ended the Ravens’ playoff hopes, set the floor for 2018.

It seems like a no-brainer for the Bengals to extend one of their most talented young offensive players. The timing may seem troubling to some fans since A.J. Green is also in line for an extension, but there are already reports that this doesn’t change the fact the Bengals are still working to lock up Green with an extension as well.

This deal is also very reminiscent of the deal the Giants gave Sterling Shepard (four years for $40 million), which was a deal that Boyd referenced earlier this offseason when talking about possible extensions with Cincinnati.

“I kind of feel like I’m in that area. Hopefully, they come like that or a little bit more or around that way. I feel like my ability is worth that much. I feel like my value is that much. But I’m not going to go out there asking something crazy because I had one great year. I want to continue to show them that I can do that every single year, that I’m a 1,000-yard receiver every year.”

Turns out the Bengals heard that message loud and clear apparently.

What do you think of the contract extension for Boyd?

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How do you feel about Tyler Boyd’s extension?

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  • 65%
    Love it
    (1012 votes)
  • 3%
    I would have preferred they see what he can do in Zac Taylor’s offense before giving him the extension
    (61 votes)
  • 29%
    As long as A.J. Green also gets an extension, I’m happy
    (455 votes)
  • 0%
    I don’t think they should have extended him
    (9 votes)
1537 votes total Vote Now