CINCINNATI – The Bengals agreed to an agreement with wide receiver Tyler Boyd for an extension of four years and $ 43 million, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Boyd, who was entering the last year of his rookie contract, will now be under contract until the 2023 season.
Bengals owner Mike Brown said Boyd will be present at the Bengals facility on Tuesday afternoon, probably to sign his new agreement.
"Always (I say) you never announce a boy until the name appears on the paper because things can happen," Brown joked. "However, it is no secret that Tyler Boyd will be here this afternoon, and I wonder why he is coming."
Brown added: "It's a good thing for the team. He's a good player. He has proven it. We try to extend to the boys what matters and we consider him a player who makes a difference. He's a solid guy, he competes, he makes great plays, It is not scary, it has the ingredients we are looking for in a wide range.
Boyd, selected in the second round of 2016, has become one of the most important pieces of the Bengals on offense since the end of the 2017 season. But the other key piece, wideout. A.J. Green remains unsigned as it is also heading for a contract season.
Bengals player personnel director Duke Tobin said it is not a situation for either of them, and they would like to see both receivers receive new extensions. Green's age (31 this season) and the history of injuries (hamstring problem in 2016, toe injury in 2018) are not detrimental to the team.
"Both good players, we would like to keep you both, and we'll see what we can do by going here," said Tobin. "Obviously, Tyler has earned it, it has arrived, it is a big part of our offense. As a young player, he had many advantages, so we are excited to have him back in the long term."
Brown added: "AJ is a great player, and one thing I learned is that great players have a tendency to continue for longer. They only have more in the tank. And I think that applies to AJ. Yes, it's going to be in his thirty-one can all count. We know that eventually things end, but I don't think it's for him now.