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Tyler Boyd Could Make Pittsburgh Return with Steelers



Pittsburgh Steelers WR Tyler Boyd
Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dec. 23, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Pitt and Clairton alum Tyler Boyd could be making a return to the Steel City as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Boyd, who officially became an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday afternoon, has interest in returning home to Pittsburgh after spending the first eight years of career with the Cincinnati Bengals, sources told Steelers Now. 

Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports that there is some level of mutual interest between the Steelers and Boyd.

A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Boyd has been Cincinnati’s primary slot receiver for six years now, working inside of Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins in the team’s usual starting lineup.

Higgins and Boyd were both set to become free agents this offseason, but the Bengals used their franchise tag on Higgins, letting Boyd hit the open market.

The 29-year-old has been one of the most consistent slot receivers in the NFL. He has record at least 50 catches and at least 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.

This past season, with quarterback Joe Burrow injured, the entire Cincinnati passing offense struggled, and Boyd finished with 67 catches for 667 yards and two touchdowns, all low marks since his second season in 2017.

The Steelers have released veteran slot receiver Allen Robinson II and traded star outside receiver Diontae Johnson this month, leaving the team very needy at the wide receiver position.

Boyd would be a younger and more athletic replacement for Robinson as a primarily slot receiver that also has the ability to play on the outside.

Boyd went 48-0 as a quarterback, receiver, running back, defensive back and punt returner in four years at Clairton, winning four WPIAL and PIAA titles. In three seasons at Pitt, he caught 254 passes for 3,361 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Tyler Boyd

Tyler Boyd on the Pitt sideline, Sept, 3, 2016. — Mike Vukovcan / Pittsburgh Sports Now