Joe Burrow led Cincinnati to two straight AFC North titles and a Super Bowl title following the 2021 season, which ended with a 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams; Bengals QB’s new deal moves him past Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson as the NFL’s highest earners in annual average
Last updated: 09/08/23 at 7:19 AM
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow has become the highest-paid player in the NFL, agreeing to a five-year, $275 million contract extension, according to multiple reports.
The contract includes more than $219 million guaranteed, with Burrow earning an average of $55 million annually to put him ahead of the likes of Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson who also signed new contracts this offseason.
Burrow led Cincinnati to two straight AFC North titles and a Super Bowl title after the 2021 season, which ended with a 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Bengals haven’t reached the Super Bowl since the 1989 season or even recorded a playoff win since 1990.
Cincinnati finished 12-4 last year, with Burrow named to his first Pro Bowl after throwing for 4,475 yards and 35 touchdowns in his career.
Burrow suffered a calf muscle strain early in training camp this summer and was sidelined until last week. He said he’s on track to start the Bengals’ season opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
“This is where I want to be for the rest of my career,” Burrow told reporters on Wednesday. “I’ve seen what the front office has done and what (coach) Zach (Taylor) has done during his time here. I’m a small part of that.”
“I’m excited to be a part of that. We have great people in the locker room working every day who are excited to go and showcase their talent and excited to go and do it in Cincinnati.”
The quarterback market for Burrow was set in late July when Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Herbert agreed to a five-year, $262.5 million extension.
Herbert’s total value and average of $52.5 million per season exceeds the five-year, $260 million ($52 million average) that Jackson signed from the Baltimore Ravens in April. Deshaun Watson has agreed to a fully guaranteed $230 million deal with Cleveland in 2022.
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Burrow, the Bengals’ first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has thrown for 11,774 yards, 82 touchdowns and 31 interceptions during his three-year career.
He underwent season-ending knee surgery in 2020, his rookie year, but immediately became one of the best passers in the NFL upon his return, winning AP Comeback Player of the Year honors for the 2021 season.
The Super Bowl champion Chiefs were defeated by the Lions in their season opener
The Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs kicked off their defense with defeat, losing 21-20 to the Detroit Lions in Arrowhead in the 2023 season opener Thursday night.
Highlights from the Detroit Lions vs Kansas City Chiefs game in Week 1 of the NFL.
Lions running back David hit the go-ahead eight-yard touchdown run with 5.05 left in the game before hitting the winning first run in the final two minutes.
Quarterback Jared Goff threw for 253 yards and a touchdown, while Amon Ra St. Brown had six catches for 71 yards and a score.
Lions rookie Brian Branch also returned Patrick Mahomes’ first interception on the game opener 50 yards for another touchdown as Detroit snapped the Chiefs’ eight-game winning streak in Week 1.
Mahomes finished the night 21-of-39 passing for 226 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as he played no-nonsense tight end for star tight end Travis Kelsey, who was officially ruled out earlier in the evening before kickoff due to a knee injury he suffered during the week.
The Chiefs were also without All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones, who sat and watched from the stands amid his contract rejection.
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