Cincinnati Bengals Secure Joe Mixon’s Future with Restructured Contract

Cincinnati Bengals Restructure Contract to Retain Starting Running Back

The Cincinnati Bengals have secured the services of their starting running back, Joe Mixon, for the upcoming NFL season. According to his agent, Peter Schaeffer, the team agreed to restructure Mixon’s contract on Friday night. The move was made to alleviate the financial burden and ensure Mixon’s presence in the Bengals’ lineup.

Previously, Mixon had a non-guaranteed base salary of $9.4 million for this season, leading to a $12.8 million hit against the team’s salary cap. However, with the restructured contract, the Bengals have managed to find a solution that benefits both sides.

Mixon, who is entering his seventh year in the league, has been with the Bengals for the entirety of his career. Despite some fluctuations in his performance, he remains a crucial asset to the team’s offense. In the 2022 season, he rushed for 814 yards and scored seven touchdowns in 14 games. Although his numbers dipped compared to his career-high 1,205 rushing yards during his Pro Bowl season in 2021, Mixon’s contribution to the team cannot be understated.

The uncertainty surrounding Mixon’s future stemmed from his high cap charge for the 2023 season. In February, de facto general manager Duke Tobin expressed uncertainty over Mixon’s return during the NFL scouting combine. However, with the Bengals’ decision not to select a running back until the fifth round of the draft in April, Mixon’s status with the team became more solidified.

Head coach Zac Taylor expressed his support for Mixon throughout his tenure with the Bengals. Despite legal matters surrounding Mixon, Taylor has publicly stated his approval and desire to keep the talented running back on the team. Mixon, on the other hand, has maintained his loyalty to the Bengals, participating in voluntary and mandatory workouts and expressing his excitement to continue his journey with the team.

It’s important to note that Mixon is currently facing a misdemeanor aggravated menacing charge, which is scheduled for trial on August 14 during the Bengals’ training camp. The incident allegedly involved Mixon pointing a gun at a woman during a road rage incident on January 21. Mixon has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

With the restructured contract, the Bengals have solidified their commitment to Joe Mixon and ensured his presence on the field for the upcoming season. As one of the team’s key offensive weapons, Mixon’s performance will be closely watched by fans and analysts alike. Only time will tell if Mixon can regain his Pro Bowl form and propel the Bengals forward in their pursuit of success in the upcoming NFL season.