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Report: Tyler Boyd Wasn’t a Realistic Steelers Option at WR

According to one report, Tyler Boyd was never a real option for the Pittsburgh Steelers at wide receiver this offseason.

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Pittsburgh Steelers WR Tyler Boyd

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tyler Boyd deal could have been reignited now that the NFL Draft is over. But with Roman Wilson filling the slot role, which would be redundant with Boyd, it seemed more and more unlikely. And on Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported that Boyd is signing with the Titans on a one-year deal that is worth up to $4.5 million. Boyd is now off the market, obviously.

Andrew Fillipponi of 93.7 The Fan reported early in April that the Steelers offered Boyd a two-year contract in the range of $10 million.

That was slightly below most estimates of Boyd’s value. Spotrac projected Boyd will sign a three-year contract worth $26.1 million, or an average annual value of $8.7 million. Instead, he got just about half of that value for being a slot receiver who is about to turn 30 years old.

Mark Kaboly reported last month that the “ship has sailed” between Boyd and the Steelers. And he reiterated that on 93.7 the Fan two weeks ago.

But according to Kaboly, who spoke after Boyd signed with Tennessee, he was never a realistic option once the team decided they were looking more towards the trade market.

“Tyler Boyd wasn’t an option for the past couple of months, to be honest with you. They weren’t interested in him. They had initial interest to see where it was, but they didn’t want to pay him. Tyler wanted more than one year,” Kaboly said on 93.7 The Fan. “Obviously, they don’t have interest in him after the draft. That’s obvious there because of the Roman Wilson thing. They never really were all in on him. They checked in on him. Tried to get him to sign for lesser money. They just didn’t view him as a guy that was a high priority right now.”

A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Boyd was Cincinnati’s primary slot receiver for six years, working inside Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins in the team’s usual starting. The 29-year-old has been one of the most consistent slot receivers in the NFL. He has recorded at least 50 catches and 600 receiving yards in seven of his eight seasons. His best years came in 2018-19, when he exceeded 1,000 yards for the only two times in his career lineup. The ship has now indeed sailed, as Boyd is off the market to another AFC team.