The team reached agreement on a three-year, $15.5 million contract extension with running back Giovani Bernard, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per a source involved with the situation.
USA Today's Tom Pelissero first reported the news.
The team later confirmed the extension.
The former second-round pick was entering the final year of his rookie contract, set to make $1.07 million in 2016. The new deal will keep Bernard in Cincinnati through 2019. Getting a three-year extension will give the 24 year old another bite at the free agency apple before hitting the dreaded 30-year-old mark.
The shifty Bernard has proved to be a dynamic dual-threat. His acumen in the passing game has been supreme since his rookie year -- 148 receptions for 1,335 yards in three seasons. At 5-foot-9, however, he's proved to be durable enough between the tackles (4.7 yards per carry in 2015) to keep defenses honest.