Joe Burrow extension deal makes star quarterback the highest-paid player in NFL history

Joe Burrow extension
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Joe Burrow extension: Joe Burrow intends to remain in Cincinnati for a while.  The Ohio native and Pro Bowl quarterback has agreed to a record-breaking, long-term contract with the Bengals, who took him first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

According to CBS Sports HQ Senior Insider Josina Anderson, Burrow has specifically agreed to a five-year, $275 million contract. Burrow is now the highest-paid player in NFL history thanks to this. ESPN reports that the contract contains a guaranteed $219.01 million.

Burrow agrees that Mahomes is the NFL’s top quarterback, but the highest-paid player in the league now calls Cincinnati home and plays for a franchise that was once renowned for its thrift. But since Burrow first came in Cincinnati in the spring of 2020, a lot has changed.

Cincinnati won the AFC two years ago and has won the AFC North each of the last two years after winning a total of six games in 2019–20. Burrow, who wishes to build on the accomplishments of himself and his colleagues over the past few years, is largely responsible for that achievement.

During the postseason of the previous year, Burrow stated in an interview with NBC Sports, “My plan is to be here my entire career.” “I hope Zac [Taylor] stays here for the rest of my career, and I hope a lot of our guys stick around for as long as they can.”

On Wednesday, Burrow reiterated his desire to stay with the Bengals for the long term when questioned about his contract. He added that he will start Sunday’s season-opening game against the Browns, extension or no extension, just over a week after making his way back to practice following a calf ailment that kept him out for a month.

Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and led LSU to a national championship, was named Comeback Player of the Year in 2021 after overcoming a devastating knee injury and helping the Bengals win the Super Bowl.

Burrow was selected to his first Pro Bowl last year while leading the Bengals to back-to-back AFC Championship games. As the Bengals’ starting quarterback for the last two seasons, Burrow has amassed a record of 22-10 during the regular season and 5-2 during the postseason.

Burrow, the third quarterback to take the Bengals to the Super Bowl, is vying to become the third quarterback from Cincinnati to win the league MVP award, joining Ken Anderson and Boomer Esiason. Before the award went to Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts last season, Burrow was a finalist for it. Burrow stated on Wednesday that, despite the calf injury, he is in the finest shape of any player ever entering an NFL season. He credited the month he spent healing from the calf injury by lifting weights for his physical health.

Burrow wants to take the Bengals to their first Super Bowl victory as a team. Cincinnati has an excellent chance of accomplishing that this season; according to Caesars Sportsbook, they have the fifth-best chances to win the Super Bowl. In case you were wondering, Burrow trails only Mahomes in odds to win the league MVP award.

Burrow hopes the Bengals can maintain their core for many years to come, as he hinted at above. After dealing with Burrow, Cincinnati should focus on locking up wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. In the third year of his rookie deal, Chase—a two-time Pro Bowler and 2021 Offensive Rookie of the Year—is entering. Higgins, a receiver with 1,000 yards the last two seasons, is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

The Bengals will certainly take some time to celebrate locking up Burrow, who joins Hurts, Justin Herbert, and Lamar Jackson as quarterbacks who have inked long-term contracts this summer, even if those contracts still need to be finalized.

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