Joe Mixon and the Bengals have agreed to a four-year, $48 million extension that will keep the running back under contract with Cincinnati for five more seasons, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports. The language of the deal was still being finalized Tuesday afternoon. NFL Network first reported the financial terms of the extension. Mixon tweeted a picture of himself with members of the Bengals’ front office Tuesday before he joined the rest of the team for practice. Mixon, 24, had been absent from practice recently as he suffered from migraines, according to Bengals coach Zac Taylor. Mixon declined to speak to the media during training camp, which ended Sunday.
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Joe Mixon, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, was set to make $1.2 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal. The former Oklahoma star told ESPN at the end of last season that he wants to be a “Bengal for life,” amid early speculation about his contract situation. Mixon rushed for 1,136 yards and five touchdowns last season, his second straight season with more than 1,000 rushing yards. He is one of four running backs in the NFL with at least 1,400 yards from scrimmage in each of the past two seasons, along with Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey, the Giants’ Saquon Barkley and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott. Mixon is fifth in the NFL in yards after contact since his rookie season in 2017, and has the league’s seventh-most rushing yards since the start of the 2018 season.
Last week, Taylor said Mixon’s absence was not related to his contract situation and that he was day-to-day with his migraines. Mixon and Taylor shared an embrace before Sunday’s scrimmage, where Mixon did rehab work on the sideline after being absent from practice earlier in the week.
Seeing that his draft stock fell because he had issues in college, this is great news. Hopefully, Cincinnati is building something nice for a change. With them taking Joe Burrow with the first pick, Cincinnati is building that foundation. The Bengals are hoping A.J. Green will be healthy this season seeing he has high hopes for the receivers.