Rapoport added, “Burrow is going to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL when that happens.” So expect his deal to pay him over $50 million annually. The question is how many years will be on said contract.
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From The Insiders on NFL+: With his injury situation handled, all eyes are now on #Bengals QB Joe Burrow's contract... and there is some optimism it gets done before kickoff. pic.twitter.com/cJ20qf8BAi— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2023
Time for the Bengals and Burrow’s agent to get this one across the finish line.
And there’s this from Mike Petraglia.
On Joe Burrow, the end appears near on the contract extension that will likely make him the highest paid player in NFL history (for now). Burrow usually speaks on Wednesday before the upcoming game and is expected to speak sometime Wednesday. With parents in town, now would be a…— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) September 6, 2023
According to The Athletic’s Dianna Russini, one of the top NFL reporters in the game, there’s optimism that a deal between Burrow and the Bengals will get done in the coming days.
Both Burrow and the Bengals have kept major information from leaking, but based on my discussions, there’s optimism in the building and in the locker room that a deal could get done over the next few days.
Adding to this, Russini does not believe that, in the event a deal doesn’t get done, Burrow would sit out Sunday for precautionary measures while working his way back from a significant calf injury.
But what if Burrow’s new extension hasn’t been completed and signed before Sunday? Will Burrow even step foot on the field in Cleveland? One league source texted me: “Joe is a competitor. He’s not missing a game against the Browns. Not worried about the contract”
This is certainly the kind of update you like to hear since we’re now just five days from the Bengals opening their season in Cleveland, a place they haven’t won since 2017 when the Browns went 0-16.
Of course, no one on the Bengals side thinks Burrow would sit out if a deal doesn’t get done. It’s reasonable to wonder if he’d want to take the safe approach and not risk an injury with no extension in place, but that’s not in Burrow’s DNA. He’s playing Sunday, regardless of whether a deal is done or not.
Hopefully, Russini’s report is accurate, and a deal will be done before Sunday.