Joe Burrow just made week 1 of the NFL season a lot more exciting.
Cincinnati Bengals star Joe Burrow’s big week will continue Sunday when he starts against the Cleveland Browns. Burrow, 26, was a full participant in practices on Wednesday and Thursday after missing the entire preseason. On Thursday, the fourth-year quarterback reportedly agreed to a five-year, $275 million contract extension that includes $219 million in guarantees. The average annual value of $55 million eclipses the league’s previous high-water mark established by Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert at $52.5 million.
Well, well, well, it seems Joe Burrow is making quite the splash in the NFL, not just with his plays on the field, but with his monstrous paycheck. The man is now the highest-paid player in NFL history, and he’s not holding back.
After recovering from a calf injury, Burrow is set to lead the Bengals against the Cleveland Browns. It’s a big moment for him and the team, especially considering he’s 1-4 against Cleveland. But hey, when you’re the highest-paid player in the league, you’ve got something to prove.
This massive contract extension comes after Burrow’s incredible journey with the Bengals. Since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2020, he’s taken them to two AFC Championship games and even made an appearance in Super Bowl LVI. Not too shabby for a young quarterback.
What’s even more mind-boggling is the sheer size of that paycheck. $275 million with a whopping $219 million guaranteed? That’s the kind of money that could buy you a small country. But Burrow seems focused on the game, saying, “This is where I want to be my whole career.” He’s committed to the Bengals’ future, and they’re rewarding him handsomely for it.
So, as Joe Burrow steps onto the field against the Browns, he’s not just carrying the weight of his team but also the weight of being the highest-paid player in NFL history. Will he live up to the hype and expectations? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure – he’s got the cash to back it up.