The Bengals and H-back Ryan Hewitt have agreed to a three-year contract extension, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
This deal gives Hewitt new money for this season and will keep him under contract through the 2019 campaign.
According to spotrac.com, Hewitt was slated to make $600,000 off his original three-year, $1.5 million rookie deal this season.
The two parties have been working toward a deal since the spring. Hewitt was one of handful of players targeted for an extension by the team and continues the organization’s recent track record of extending college free agents who become key contributors after two seasons. Vontaze Burfict signed an extension in the summer of 2014 after appearing in all 32 games following his signing out of Arizona State in 2012.
The 25-year-old would have been a restricted free agent in 2017, which would have given the Bengals some control over his status should he have reached that point. The Bengals could have put a right of first refusal on any contract offered to Hewitt all the way to putting first and second round draft tenders on him. That means a different team would have to give up that pick in order to sign Hewitt.
Hewitt is a big part of this team in terms of what he can do, and don’t forget, the Bengals at home against the Giants in preseason action August 14th, check out a great Ladbrokes promotional code to bet the cats for that game and all season long.