The Facts: Boyd currently sits as an underrated commodity for the Bengals. Pairing with A.J. Green to form one of the best young receiver tandems in the NFL, Boyd made it clear that he has no desire to leave Cincinnati. "That's what I'm saying, bruh, I want to be here," Boyd said. "I think they feel that and know that. In my feeling, I think it is going to be done before camp. But ain't no telling. I'm just going to continue to keep being patient and trust the process."
Diehards Line:Coming off a breakout 1,028-yard campaign in which the 24-year-old showed he could be a go-to target with Green injured down the stretch, Boyd enters the final year of his rookie contract ready for a big payday. Boyd, healthy for most of last season after an injury-plagued 2017, proved he can be a difference-maker for the Bengals offense. He generated five games of 90-plus yards last season and was particularly efficient generating first downs, especially on money-downs (third or fourth down). Last year, 58.1 percent of his money-down targets went for a first down or touchdown, which ranked eighth in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. Teams generally pay for chain-moving talent. Set to make just $981,000 in base salary, the former second-round pick isn't holding out this offseason in hopes of getting paid, but the Bengals will have to catch up with him at some point. Boyd pointed to New York Giants receiver Sterling Shepard, who went 15 spots ahead of the Bengals wideout in the 2016 draft, inking a four-year, $41 million contract with $21.3 million guaranteed earlier this offseason as something he feels is reasonable. But the Bengals usually plan their contract re-ups for around training camp or before the start of the season. It's possible Cincy might want Boyd to prove he wasn't a one-hit wonder before they shell out huge money, so stay tuned.