The Cincinnati Bengals have officially signed Joe Burrow to his first NFL contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Burrow is set to get all of his signing bonus over the next two weeks.
No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow has agreed in principle to a $36.1M contract with the Bengals pending a physical later this week, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 28, 2020
Burrow is receiving 100% of his $23.88M signing bonus from the Bengals within 15 days of executing his contract.
Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, is set to become Cincinnati's starting QB following a storybook college career, which saw him win seemingly every major offensive award this past season at LSU.
The 6-3, 221-pound Burrow completed 402/527 passes (76.2%) for 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns with only six interceptions. He added 368 yards and five more scores on the ground.
In the process, the Athens, Ohio native led LSU to a 15-0 record and College Football Playoff National Championship. He set NCAA single-season records for touchdown passes (60) and total touchdowns (65). His 76.3 completion percentage ranks No. 2 in NCAA history for a season.
Burrow saved his best for last, as he racked up a College Football Playoff record eight touchdowns (7 passing, 1 rushing) vs. Oklahoma in the semifinal round, then chipped in a championship game record six scores (5 passing, 1 rushing) vs. Clemson in the title game.
All of this came after Burrow began his career at nearby Ohio State before grad-transferring to LSU in 2018.
Now, Burrow will look to usher in a new era of Bengals football as he’s set to take over the starting QB role following the departure of long-time starter Andy Dalton.
It won’t be easy after the entire offseason was effectively wiped out, and there will be no preseason games this year to help Burrow get his feet wet before the Week 1 opener vs. the Chargers.
While that may lead to a few more bumps in the road a rookie, the addition of Burrow still has the future looking very bright for football in the Queen City.
Let’s get it on!