Bengals, DE Sam Hubbard agree to four-year, $40 million extension
Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard. Sam Greene/The Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Bengals, DE Sam Hubbard agree to four-year, $40 million extension

The Cincinnati Bengals have locked up edge rusher Sam Hubbard to a massive four-year, $40 million extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Hubbard is considered a foundational part of the Cincinnati defense. In three seasons with the Bengals, he has 16.5 sacks, eight pass breakups, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 177 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss and 33 quarterback hits. 

The Bengals selected Hubbard out of Ohio State in the third round of the 2018 draft. Extending his contract was a major goal for Cincinnati this summer. 

While Hubbard's deal is huge for the Bengals, he isn't even close to being one of the highest-paid defensive ends in the NFL. Joey Bosa ($27 million), Myles Garrett ($25 million) and Leonard Williams ($21 million) are the highest-paid DEs, according to Spotrac.

However, Hubbard is now the fourth highest-paid member of the Cincinnati defense, sitting behind Trey Hendrickson ($15 million), Trae Waynes ($14 million) and D.J. Reader ($13.25 million).

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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