Bengals Want to Extend RB Joe Mixon

Joe Mixon in 2017. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Cincinnati Bengals’ running back Joe Mixon is about to get paid. According to the team’s director of players personnel Duke Tobin, Bengals are looking to keep Mixon long-term and want to extend his contract.

Mixon is entering the final year of his rookie deal that pays him around $1.3 million in 2020.  

“Joe (Mixon) is an important part of our team. He’s a piece that we’d like to get extended and have around here a long time,” Tobin told Cincinnati Enquirer while hinting that Bengals might lock the 24-year-old even before Week 1 kicks off.

“Typically, our extensions have gotten done during camp at some point,” he added.

Joe Mixon had back-to-back 1,100+ rushing yards seasons in the past two years and emerged as one of the most dynamic young backs in the league. This gives Mixon leverage in negotiations, and he reportedly wants to use it to be one of league’s top eight highest-paid RBs. This would mean a yearly salary north of $8 million.

Mixon himself said on numerous occasions that he wants to stay in Cincinnati and sees a future for himself with the organization. However, he could easily change his mindset if Bengals don’t show him the money.