He Is Now the Highest Paid Player in NFL History

Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals scores 5-year contract for $275M
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2023 8:15 AM CDT
He Is Now the Highest Paid Player in NFL History
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow/ at practice August 30, 2023.   (Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Joe Burrow is now the reining king of the NFL in one respect: The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback has signed the richest contract in league history, reports ESPN. The 26-year-old scored a five-year deal for $275 million, per USA Today. The contract bests that of a fellow quarterback, Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers, who signed a five-year deal for $262.5 million over the summer. Burrow's deal works out to $55 million per season, and $219 million of the sum is guaranteed. The latter amount is shy of the record $230 million in guaranteed money earned by yet another QB, Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns.

"This is where I want to be my whole career," Burrow told reporters in Cincinnati earlier this week. He is largely credited with turning around the fortunes of a lackluster team, having led them to two straight AFC North titles and a Super Bowl appearance after the 2021 season that ended in a 23-20 loss to the Rams, per the AP. His career stats to date: 11,774 passing yards, 82 touchdowns and 31 interceptions, and a 100.4 career passer rating. His regular season record is 24-17-1, and he is 5-2 as a starter in the playoffs. Burrow injured his calf at training camp this year, but it looks like he'll be able to play Sunday in the season-opener against the aforementioned Watson and the Browns, per the Athletic. (More Joe Burrow stories.)

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