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Bengals sign Erickson to 2-year extension

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September 08, 2018 at 2:55 pm.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver/kick returner Alex Erickson signed a two-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Bengals, but NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Erickson’s extension is worth $4.68 million — plus incentives.

Erickson was in the final season of a three-year contract with the club.

“I’m grateful for the organization believing in me and giving me a chance as an undrafted guy. Not only the opportunity, but giving me a chance to get on the field and show that I can play in this league and that I can have success,” the 25-year-old Erickson said.

“So I’m just really grateful for the Brown family, (head coach Marvin) Lewis, (special teams coach Darrin) Simmons and all of the coaches I’ve had here. A lot of great people, a great organization to play for and I’m just proud to be part of it.”

While Erickson collected 18 receptions for 251 yards and a touchdown in his two full seasons with the Bengals, he is best known for his return skills. The 6-foot, 195-pound Erickson led the league in punt returns (39) in 2017 and kick return yardage (810) in 2016.

Erickson was a walk-on at Wisconsin before joining the Bengals as an undrafted free agent.

“I approach it one day at a time, one practice at a time and just realize that everything matters,” Erickson said. “Every meeting you’re in, every practice, every play you get. There’s always someone evaluating it. And just as a player, it’s another chance for you to get better, another rep for you to learn something to just keep progressing and getting better every day. That’s the approach I have been taking and will continue to take.”

Erickson figures to be the No. 4 or 5 receiver option throughout the season while battling with Josh Malone, Cody Core and Auden Tate for snaps.

 

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