Cincinnati Bengals’ quarterback Joe Burrow is on the verge of creating NFL history through a groundbreaking five-year contract extension worth an unprecedented $275 million. As reported by several sources, ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the initial source of this information, relying on undisclosed insiders for the announcement.
This landmark extension will see Burrow earn an astounding $55 million per year, with an impressive $219.01 million guaranteed, as per Schefter’s reports. This salary places him above Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, whose annual average is $52.5 million, making Burrow the highest-paid player by yearly average in NFL history.
CNN has reached out to both the Bengals and Burrow’s representatives for further comment on this monumental deal.
Burrow’s Remarkable Journey and Impact
Joe Burrow, the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft from Louisiana State University, is entering his fourth year in the league. His early NFL career faced adversity when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee during his rookie season. However, he rebounded remarkably to lead the Bengals to consecutive AFC championship game appearances in 2021 and 2022, along with a Super Bowl LVI appearance, although they fell short against the Los Angeles Rams.
During the 2022 season, Burrow guided the Bengals to an impressive 12-4 record, passing for a total of 4,475 yards, delivering 35 touchdowns, and encountering 12 interceptions. Despite their AFC Championship loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Burrow’s performance was nothing short of exceptional.
Burrow’s impressive trajectory and impact on the Bengals have undoubtedly played a significant role in securing this record-breaking contract.
Burrow’s Vision for the Future
Burrow, during discussions about his contract extension, expressed his commitment to the Bengals and his desire to remain with the team for his entire career. He lauded the efforts of the front office and coach Zac Taylor, emphasizing that he wanted to be part of the team’s continued success.
With this historic contract now in place, Burrow can continue to lead the Bengals on their quest for a Super Bowl title. The Bengals are scheduled to open their 2023 regular season against the Cleveland Browns, and fans are eager to see what the future holds with Burrow at the helm.
As the NFL season gets underway, the focus will be on Burrow and the Bengals as they strive for success and potentially make history with their star quarterback.