Bengals “whole focus” is on keeping Joe Burrow in Cincinnati

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Bengals owner Mike Brown said on Monday that it’s hard to make all the pieces fit under the salary cap when discussing the team’s failure to sign safety Jessie Bates to a long-term deal, but there’s one piece that the team is determined to find a place for in the near future.

Quarterback Joe Burrow took the Bengals to a Super Bowl in his second season and he’ll be eligible for an extension after this year. Brown said that means the time to talk about a new deal is “not quite ready or ripe yet,” but he made it clear that the team is already preparing for the moment that changes.

“I can tell you that we couldn’t be happier with Joe Burrow,” Brown said, via Ben Baby of ESPN.com. “He’s everything you would wish for, especially for a quarterback in Cincinnati. Our whole focus is going to be on keeping him here.”

Prioritizing Burrow’s contract is an obvious call for the Bengals to make as they think about their roster construction in future seasons, but we’ll have to wait until next year to see how quickly the two sides can come together on a ndew deal.

24 responses to “Bengals “whole focus” is on keeping Joe Burrow in Cincinnati

  1. I have no doubt that Burrow will stay in Cinci for a long time. He doesn’t have a huge ego, seems well-centred and appears to recognize that he’s been blessed like very few are blessed. Good for him and the team.

  2. Strong start to a career that may prove he is the best QB drafted since Aaron Rogers!

  3. He looks like the real deal. Of course they would want to anchor a team around him.

  4. Joe Burrow is going to get however much he wants to get. The Mike Brown is cheap talk is nonsense, the NFL of the 90s is not the NFL of today and he knows it. The trick will be fitting everyone under the cap. I suspect he won’t be as eager to kick the can down the road with large guarantees spread out long after the player is productive like I believe the Rams are doing, but if he chooses to go that route I’m all for it if it brings a SB victory. Mike Brown has changed with the times, no reason to think it won’t get done.

  5. Overhyped QB and team. You would think he and Herbert have won 5 Super Bowls by now with all gushing over them, my lord.

  6. When you have a QB who can get you to a super bowl it would be monumentally stupid to let him go, right?

  7. Translation: He will have a trillion dollar contract by the end of this season.

  8. nite2al says:
    July 25, 2022 at 4:48 pm
    Overhyped QB and team. You would think he and Herbert have won 5 Super Bowls by now with all gushing over them, my lord.

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    They’ve only played 2 years. Give it a rest.

  9. It’s all about the guarantee. How much can Mr Brown put in the bank to show this kid his whole career should be in the Nati.

  10. nite2al says:
    July 25, 2022 at 4:48 pm
    Overhyped QB and team. You would think he and Herbert have won 5 Super Bowls by now with all gushing over them, my lord

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    Burrow at least made it to a SB. Overhyped is the guy in Baltimore that can’t win a postseason game

  11. Buhrow’s contract better make Watson’s look like a mid-level contract. Let’s see him get a guaranteed percentage of the cap!

  12. It will be the same old story as Bengals pay Burrow a monster contract & have no remaining resources to pay for talent around him. Chase, Mixon, Higgins will be impossible to retain because they will want fresh large paper as well. The league is far beyond the point of needing a separate salary cap for the quarterback position.

  13. nite2al says:
    July 25, 2022 at 4:48 pm
    Overhyped QB and team. You would think he and Herbert have won 5 Super Bowls by now with all gushing over them, my lord

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    Burrow at least made it to a SB. Overhyped is the guy in Baltimore that can’t win a postseason game
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    Haha, waiting for that one. Dumb. First, Lamar isn’t hyped at all, only hated, even during an MVP season, which Burrow has none of, so you have no point and wrong as usual. Burrow could have easily lost the Vegas game. Then you would have nothing. Second, Lamar has won a playoff game when all of you said he couldn’t win on the road or come from behind. Keep the hate going… And exactly how do measure these QBs anyway? Because Herbert has no playoff at all with a carreer 15-17 record, oh boy.

  14. Burrow and his smart agent will wait until one or more other Franchise QBs receive extensions…then beat those salaries so he earns even more than Aaron Rodgers current #1 contract $ amount.

  15. The Bengals will be the winningest team in the NFL over the next decade. The grass certainly isn’t going to be greener anywhere else.

  16. It will be interesting. Deshawn Watson set the guaranteed money bar extremely high and Burrow is better than Watson. Is Mike Brown willing to break the bank? Perhaps Stanford retires and Burrow to McVay and the Rams?

  17. Bengals don’t have the liquidity necessary to resign Burrow. He will be there 4 more years & right now the team is already having issues making the pieces fit. This will be the next team to be sold — or the Bears — because ownership doesn’t have the cheddar to compete in the new reality of the NFL. $400M guaranteed will be the benchmark & Brown doesn’t have that much cash. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  18. From what I’ve seen and heard in interviews, Burrow seems like the type of guy who puts winning above everything else. He also seems like the type who likes having nice things that cost a lot of money. Its going to be interesting to see if he chooses to go the Brady route and attempt to leave a legacy, or the Watson route and milk the team for every penny he can get. Either way, I hope he stays with the Bengals his whole career.

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