Joe Mixon Chooses to Stay with Cincinnati Bengals Long-Term

The Cincinnati Bengals have decided to sign and give running back Joe Mixon a four-year contract extension worth $48 million. He has not been reporting to training camp for the past couple of days due to migraines. Mixon’s contract runs through the 2024 season and he was going to be entering the final season of his deal.

Maybe this was the “migraines” excuse issue and maybe Joe Mixon didn’t want to say it was a contract problem.

He is only 24 years old and they will have a different looking offense this season under Joe Burrow at the helm at quarterback. Burrow (1st overall pick out of LSU) will have him to rely on in the backfield.

He will also have players like A.J. Green, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, John Ross III, and also C.J. Uzomah to throw too. The problem is how will the offensive line be? Will it protect Joe Burrow from getting killed and also will Joe Mixon be able to run behind mini holes?

He is one of the most underrated running backs in the NFL. Mixon rushed for 1,137 yards this past season. He also scored five touchdowns. Joe Mixon also caught 35 passes for 287 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

He didn’t miss a single game last season. Mixon started in 15 games this past season despite playing in all 16 of them though.

He has played in 44 career games and has started in 35 of them. Joe Mixon has 2,931 career rushing yards on 693 carries. He has reached the end zone 17 times. Mixon has also caught 108 passes for 870 yards receiving and four touchdowns.

He was a second-round draft pick (48th overall) out of the University of Oklahoma in 2017.

Joe Mixon is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this backfield though nonetheless. They are not very deep at this position though nonetheless.

Giovanni Bernard, Trayveon Williams, and Samaje Perine are the other running backs on the roster though.

The Cincinnati Bengals offense has the potential to be really good in its second season under Head Coach Zac Taylor. He was the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams under head coach Sean McVay before coming to Cincinnati.

He helped developed quarterback Jared Goff in what he is today. Will see if Taylor can also develop Joe Burrow in his second year after moving on from Andy Dalton.

Mixon is one of the most underrated running backs in the NFL though. He isn’t like Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliott, Saquon Barkley, Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, or Alvin Kamara, but Mixon belongs in the Top 10 running backs in the NFL conversation though.

It will be interesting to see how he performs for the next four to five seasons in Cincinnati though.

What do you think of the Cincinnati Bengals signing Joe Mixon to that friendly contract extension? Leave a comment below.

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