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Steelers Contract Offer to Free Agent WR Tyler Boyd Revealed

The Pittsburgh Steelers offered free agent wide receiver Tyler Boyd a two-year, $10 million contract before their current standoff.



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Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sept. 25, 2021 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers contract offer to former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd, that the Pitt and Clairton alum has so far turned down, has been revealed.

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

That’s slightly below most estimates of Boyd’s value. Spotrac projects Boyd will sign a three-year contract worth $26.1 million, or an average annual value of $8.7 million.

The Steelers are interested in signing Boyd, but the sides are in a standoff regarding money and/or contract term, and it doesn’t seem that either is willing to blink. The Steelers have signed free agent wide receivers Van Jefferson and Quez Watkins to one-year contracts since they first contacted Boyd.

Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reported on Monday that the “ship has sailed” between Boyd and the Steelers.

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 Steelers’ wide receivers room has a significant lack of depth right now. George Pickens and Calvin Austin III are their only returning receivers that received playing time in 2023. They’ll need to be urgent in the Boyd sweepstakes if they want to land him.

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