Bengals Sign Bernard To Contract Extension

Running back Giovani Bernard points to the sky after scoring a first half touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bengals today signed HB Giovani Bernard to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season. He had been entering the final season of his current deal.

Bernard, a seventh-year player, originally was a Bengals second-round draft pick out of the University of North Carolina in 2013. He has 744 career rushes for 3111 yards (4.2 average) and 19 TDs, and ranks second in team history in both receptions (265) and receiving yards (2278) by a running back, trailing only James Brooks (297 and 3012).

"Gio is a guy we can count on," said Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. "He's been a dependable, steady back in this league for a long time. He's a great leader for this team, so we feel it's very important to have him around in the years to come."

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