Tyler Boyd was a star at both Clairton and Pitt and is now getting paid as one with the Cincinnati Bengals.
With only one year left on his rookie contract, the Bengals locked Boyd up to a four-year, $43 million extension on Tuesday.
The former second round pick originally signed a four-year, $4.2 million deal before his rookie deal and was scheduled to make $980,769 this season.
In 2018, Boyd turned into one of the top slot receivers in the NFL, when he caught 76 passes for 1,028 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games.
Boyd’s production in 2019 is what the Bengals were hoping for when they selected him in the second round out of Pitt and when paired with A.J. Green, he gives them one of the leagues top wide receiver duos.
This $43 million payday coupled with what the Rams Aaron Donald got last year is a great reflection of Pitt and the talent from the WPIAL.
Like Donald, Boyd has also prioritized giving back to his community. He recently held his third annual youth football camp in the Mon Valley region.
Of course, as a division rival of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he’ll likely be spending most of the next four seasons working against his hometown team.
The Steelers will host the Bengals during Week 4, with an 8:15 p.m. kickoff on Monday, September 30 scheduled for Heinz Field, and a Week 12, 1 p.m. kickoff at Paul Brown Stadium on November 24.