Bengals Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Detailed view of a Cincinnati Bengals helmet during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

For much of the offseason, the fate of star running back Joe Mixon with the Cincinnati Bengals was largely unknown with some speculating that the team would choose to move on from Mixon given his contract situation and the current running backs market. But it looks like he’s going to be staying with the team.

According to a report from Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, Joe Mixon is taking a pay cut to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals next season on a restructured contract.

“Mixon and the Bengals have agreed to a new deal that will pay him a base salary of just under $6 million with incentives that could earn him up to $8 million a league source tells PFT,” Florio wrote for Pro Football Talk.

“Although Mixon had been due more than $9 million this season, that was non-guaranteed, and Mixon decided it was better to re-work his contract now than to risk finding himself in the same place as Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliott, two running backs who were released from their pricey contracts this offseason and are currently free agents.”

It’s pretty major news for the Bengals, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on social media.

It will certainly be interesting to see how this plays out for the Bengals.

[Pro Football Talk]