2023-09-08 · 2 min read · NFL/Football
Joe Burrow signs record-breaking five-year extension with Bengals

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You can add another record to the professional career of Joe Burrow as the 2022 Pro Bowler is set to become the highest-paid player in NFL history.
The Cincinnati Bengals will pay the 2020 first-overall pick $275 million over the next five years, with $219.01 million in guarantees for him to stay in the Queen City.
Joe Burrow signs record-breaking five-year extension with Bengals

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In 2023, Burrow was the NFL’s #5 passer in the regular season, throwing for 4,475 yards and a career-high 35 touchdowns as the Bengals made the AFC Championship for a second successive campaign.
After three NFL seasons, Burrow has already set a league record for the highest career completion percentage (68.2%) and the most completions in a single game by a rookie pivot (37 in 2020).
A native of Ames, Iowa, Burrow led the Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance in his sophomore season in 2021, the first for Cincinnati since 1989, but they were beaten 23-20 by the Los Angeles Rams.
During that playoff run, Burrow helped Cincy win their first playoff game since 1990, ending the longest active winless playoff drought in the four major North American sports.
With this deal, Burrow is now the fourth NFL QB since the 2022-23 offseason began to sign a market-resetting contract extension, with the others being Lamar Jackson (five years, $260 million), Jalen Hurts (five years, $255 million) and Justin Herbert (five years, $262.5 million).
Burrow’s annual salary will be $55 million, with the 26-year-old fresh off a 12-4 regular season in 2022, in a year when “Joe Cool” set a franchise single-season record regarding completions, pass attempts and passing touchdowns.
This news comes just one day after the San Francisco 49ers made Nick Bosa the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, signing the defensive end to a five-year, $170 million extension.
A unanimous All-American at LSU in 2019, Burrow led the Tigers to a national championship that year, as he was named the Offensive MVP in the title game, when they defeated his future teammate Tee Higgins and Clemson 42-25.
Bengals owner Mike Brown said last year that the team was restructuring its finances to secure a long-term deal for Burrow as the club cleared some salary cap space when running back Joe Mixon accepted a pay cut earlier this month.
With Burrow locked up, the priority in Cincy is likely to be finding a way to keep some of their QB’s most explosive weapons on the team, as Ja’Marr Chase is eligible for an extension at the end of the 2023 campaign, while Tee Higgins is going into the final year of his contract.
On Sunday, Cincinnati will open its regular season campaign by battling their state rivals, the Cleveland Browns.
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