Mike Brown likes the way Patrick Mahomes thinks about quarterback contracts

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In 2017, the Bengals could have had quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the ninth pick in the draft. Instead, they took receiver John Ross. That mistake has football consequences, and business ones, too.

At a time when the Bengals are bracing for the looming requirement to pay a big-money deal to quarterback Joe Burrow, owner Mike Brown seems to hope that Burrow emulates one of his peers when it comes to his expectations.

“I sort of like how Mahomes said he doesn’t care about what those guys are getting,” Brown said Monday. “He’s set for life with what he’s got. And why isn’t that a good way to look at it, I’m thinking?”

It’s a great way to look at it, for the people writing the checks. It makes their life a lot easier when it comes to holding a great team together if the great players don’t insist on full and fair market value.

Plenty of players approach their business interests by taking the position that it’s up to them to make as much money as they can, and it’s up to the team to figure out the salary cap. The Rams have a broad array of highly-paid players, and they just won the Super Bowl. Other teams could do the same thing. Other quarterbacks don’t have to think like Mahomes.

Still, it’s no surprise that Brown perked up at the Mahomes comments. Most owners with great quarterbacks would do the same. And Brown, whose organization has long had the reputation for being one of the most frugal in the league, now has to prepare to give Burrow the biggest contract his team has ever given, to anyone.

It’s no surprise that the Bengals plan to sell the naming rights to Paul Brown Stadium. Because it’s about more than the cap, when it comes to signing a franchise quarterback. Cash flow is an issue, too — especially for any fully-guaranteed payments that possibly will have to be placed in escrow.

11 responses to “Mike Brown likes the way Patrick Mahomes thinks about quarterback contracts

  1. If the salary cap goes up and up, and guaranteed money gets bigger and bigger, the Super Bowl win will go to the richest owner, and the NFL will be officially over.

  2. If he has two brain cells to rub together he’ll pay the best QB they’ve had since Boomer Esiason. Maybe look into structuring that’s similar to Mahomes so that you’re only hurting for maybe a few years into a decade spanning contract.

    Heck, as an added bonus, he knows Burrow actually does his homework and can price that into the structure as well.

  3. I think the Watson contract broke the market, but not in a way that is going to benefit players. Especially if he doesn’t deliver. We saw the receiver market explode this off-season. Teams may be looking at how to build teams without overpaying a QB who isn’t a 100% proven guaranteed commodity. I wouldn’t be shocked if teams start spending more on defense and hoping to get lucky with a young QB or a “game manager” type.

  4. When the most frugal owner in the NFL says he likes how a player is thinking, it’s time for that player to realize they weren’t thinking very good in the 1st place.

  5. The Chiefs have lost their best WR, struggled to sign their best o-line player since Mahomes contract. Not sure that’s what I would emulate, better example is Brady’s contracts over the years.

  6. Mike Brown already letting you Bengal fans know he’s going to continue to be cheap no matter what.

  7. I don’t think I ever heard of an owner commenting on another QBs contract. Watching the playoffs and SB, seemed like burrow got up limping quite a bit. Take every red cent you can.

  8. but mr. brown, you too are set for life, so why do you care how much the QB makes?
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  9. “When the most frugal owner in the NFL says he likes how a player is thinking, it’s time for that player to realize they weren’t thinking very good in the 1st place.”,

    Really? Mahomes is set for Life and he has earned it. His NFL contract plus off the field endorsement deals will make him a Billionaire Plus when it is all said and done.

  10. I guess this is a double edge sword, if a team gets a franchise QB at a very god price do they spend the money or put it back in their pocket. The choice is yours I guess and that will remain to be seen. But I will say the Bengals have not had a good history of spending money.

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