Make plays, get paid. It’s a pretty simple formula in any sport and former Pitt receiver Tyler Boyd is the latest beneficiary of that.
Boyd recently signed a new four-year contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals worth a reported $43 million. The $11.3 million he’ll make next season is a significant upgrade over the $1.03 million he was set to make as part of his rookie contract. The new deal keeps his rights with Cincinnati through 2023.
Boyd did plenty last year to deserve that money. After two relatively low key seasons, he had a big year last season, catching 76 passes for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns. All three numbers were career-highs and his 1,028 yards were more than his first two years combined.
It’s not necessarily that Boyd wasn’t a good player in his first two seasons. Last year, he just saw more opportunity, starting all 14 games in which he played. Boyd had gotten only three starts in each of his first two years.
With star A.J. Green playing only nine games last year, Boyd was easily the team’s best receiver, leading the Bengals in targets, catches, yards, and touchdowns (his seven touchdowns tied receiver John Ross for the team lead).