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A peek at Ryan Hewitt's three-year, $7.13 million Bengals extension

CINCINNATI -- About two months after the Cincinnati Bengals inked running back Giovani Bernard to a three-year extension, they locked up another back after Ryan Hewitt agreed to his own three-year extension Tuesday.

With Hewitt under contract through 2019, the Bengals have taken care of their run-blocking concerns for the long term. Hewitt mostly lined up last season just off the offensive line as an extra tight end or blocker from the H-back position, but he might be at his most valuable when he's at fullback. A downhill run-blocker positioned in front of Jeremy Hill and occasionally Bernard, he's had great success opening holes at the line of scrimmage for the runners.

Hewitt's blocking as a fullback was one of the biggest reasons Hill rushed for 5.1 yards as a rookie in 2014. Cincinnati didn't use Hewitt quite as often in that capacity last season, and it appeared to affect Hill's rushing averages. Hill picked up 3.6 yards a carry in 2015, although he did score 11 times. Ten of those touchdowns came from inside the 10-yard line, as Hill proved effective in goal-line situations.

As a pass-catcher, Hewitt has 18 career receptions. Although he only caught eight passes last season, he had a dramatically higher yards per reception average, going for 12.4 yards per reception compared with the 8.6 yards he averaged as a rookie in 2014.

The Bengals were happy with the undrafted free agent's production these past two seasons, and are clearly expecting even more from him now. Here's a detailed look at Hewitt's three-year, $7.13 million extension, which came with a $1.5 million signing bonus. The signing bonus accounts for all of Hewitt's guaranteed money on the deal, and will be paid out in $375,000 installments over the course of the next four years. He'll be paid $8.1 million between now and 2019:

2016 (final year on rookie deal)

Cap value: $978,334

Base salary: $600,000

Renegotiation signing bonus: $375,000

Rookie contract signing bonus: $3,334

2017

Cap value: $2,275,000

Base salary: $1,700,000

Roster bonus: $100,000

Workout bonus: $100,000

Renegotiation signing bonus: $375,000

2018

Cap value: $2,375,000

Base salary: $1,800,000

Roster bonus: $100,000

Workout bonus: $100,000

Renegotiation signing bonus: $375,000

2019

Cap value: $2,475,000

Base salary: $1,900,000

Roster bonus: $100,000

Workout bonus: $100,000

Renegotiation signing bonus: $375,000