The Cincinnati Bengals and running back Giovani Bernard have reached a three-year contract extension, reports USA Today’s Tom Pelissero.
According to the report, Bernard’s deal totals $15.5 million through the 2019 season. He had one year and $1,121,364 remaining on his rookie deal, but is now expected to earn more than $6 million in 2016.
Bernard, a former second-round selection by the Bengals in the 2013 NFL draft out of North Carolina, had 154 carries for 730 yards and two touchdowns last season. In his three NFL campaigns, Bernard has rushed for 2,105 yards and 12 scores, while also tallying 1,335 yards through the air with five receiving touchdowns.
The 24-year-old’s contract is the 10th richest among “new money” running back deals in the NFL.