The Cincinnati Bengals signed running back Giovani Bernard to a two-year extension on Tuesday, putting him under contract through 2021.
The team did not announce contract figures, but NFL Network reports the total value of the deal is $10.3 million and includes a raise from $3.4 million to $5.9 million for 2019, plus a $600,000 guaranteed bonus due in March.
“He’s an invaluable player for us,” head coach Zac Taylor told the team’s website of Bernard. “We define what a Bengal is and he fits that description. He’s a physical and hungry accountable teammate that will do everything he can to help his teammates and that’s exactly what Gio has done for us.”
“It’s a blessing, number one, to be able to play for a long time and, number two, to be at the same place so long,” Bernard added.
Bernard, 27, has gained 5,389 yards from scrimmage and scored 27 touchdowns in 83 games since the Bengals picked him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
He rushed for 211 yards and three scores and caught 35 passes for 218 yards in 12 games last season as the backup to starter Joe Mixon.