The Cincinnati Bengals have officially locked up one of their biggest playmakers, running back Giovani Bernard.
The Bengals made the deal official today, as the veteran running back has agreed to a two-year, $10.3 million extension. The deal includes a $600,000 guaranteed bonus that will be due in March. The deal will give Bernard a significant raise, making $5.9 million this year and $11 million over the next two years.
The running back out of North Carolina has spent his first 6 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, rushing for just over 3,000 yards and 19 touchdowns. Bernard has also made an impact receiving, catching 265 passes for over 2,000 yards.
Back in 2013 when the Bengals drafted Bernard, Former head coach Marvin Lewis praised Bernard on his work ethic, commenting on how he was the hardest working guy, during his time in North Carolina.
Bernard was the 37th pick in the 2013 NFL draft for the Bengals and has emerged as a solid rotational player. He’s also been an important player in the locker room for the Bengals, which will help them a lot this season, considering the expectations are fairly low for Cincinnati.
Although Bernard battled injuries last season, he is looking to be an important piece to the Bengals, being without starting wide receiver AJ Green. Look for Bernard to make more of an impact in the passing game, with Joe Mixon taking most of the reps running the ball.