Mike Brown: Joe Burrow is going to have a long career and we certainly want it to be here

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Whenever the Bengals finish their 2022 season, quarterback Joe Burrow will be eligible for a contract extension.

Given what the franchise has accomplished over the last two seasons, it stands to reason that Burrow will head into next year with a lucrative contract extension. Or at the very least, the club will pick up his guaranteed fifth-year option.

Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2020 draft, has helped Cincinnati reach its highest levels of success in over 30 years. And he recently said the Bengals’ proverbial championship window will be his entire career.

In an appearance on the Bengals’ flagship radio pregame show, team owner Mike Brown agreed with the sentiment. But he added that a quarterback’s second contract can potentially make things more difficult when it comes to building a team around that QB.

“He’s going to have a long career. We certainly want it to be here,” Brown said, via Ben Baby of ESPN. “I think his window will extend over his whole career. But there is the fact that when you don’t have to pay the quarterback some extraordinary amount, that that leaves room to pay other players more, and therefore you can keep more players that are good players.

“That’s what people are referring to there. [Patrick] Mahomes and others of that like, they seem to make it go even after they have gotten their payday.”

Burrow is already sixth on the franchise’s all-time list in both yards and touchdowns. At this point, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he rewrites the club’s record books.

But one step to Burrow getting there will be for him and the Bengals to agree to a long-term extension in the coming months.

19 responses to “Mike Brown: Joe Burrow is going to have a long career and we certainly want it to be here

  1. This franchise has a history of being cheap and by these comments it looks like they might lowball him. I bet he finished somewhere else. Palmer was a top talent as well and spoke well of the franchise at the beginning. How that end?

  2. Mike, if you want Burrow to have a long career you better figure out a way to protect him. Your O line is lacking.

  3. Can’t cheap out now Mike. Sign him up now. Other players want to play with him. Get him extended this offseason.!

  4. Mike Brown is so old school slick. He’s already negotiating through the media. I can already see Joe’s agent roll his eyes up into his head.

  5. If Burrow is smart he will take a cap friendly deal so they can pay Higgins, Chase and some guys coming up on the defensive side of the ball. Is his life really going to change that much taking $30 million/yr vs $35 or $40 million. Tom Brady did it right and has a lot of rings to show for it.

  6. He’s getting 50 million a year from someone. Brown may try to cheap his way out of it but that’s not going to work. He’s a top 5 talent and the paycheck is going to have to match.

  7. Who would want to play for a jerk who basically says play for less than you are worth or else?

  8. Bengals have always been notoriously cheap when it comes to spending big money, ask Carson Palmer. He won’t pay Joe $45-50 million a year with $250 guaranteed and pay Higgins, Chase, Boyd what they are worth. Enjoy Bengals fans when you can but in a couple of years the rookie deals will be over.

  9. The bengals will be able sign burrow, I have no doubt. But, will they be able to figure out how to keep chase and some of these defensive players—we will have to wait and see.

    Regardless, bengals have two years left to make a run under burrow’s rookie contract, so no need to worry right now.

  10. Give Joe a set percentage of the salary cap such as 20% and build your team around the remaining cap.

  11. Katie please control your father. And at least issue a public apology. This is an obvious attempt to negotiate in public and will only bring negativity into actual negotiations. Joe is not stupid and can do math. But his real value is easy to determine also by comparison and this kind of statement, only a day after Joe has stated he would like to finish his career in Cincy can only instill bad feelings throughout the process. And it is also disturbing given the fact that the monetary value of the Bengals has probably significantly increased during and largely due to his performance here.

  12. He’s not wrong. You can either be the highest paid quarterback, gut the team, and sit home during the playoffs or be well paid and keep some playmakers around you.

  13. gregc79 says:
    January 18, 2023 at 3:46 pm
    If Burrow is smart he will take a cap friendly deal so they can pay Higgins, Chase and some guys coming up on the defensive side of the ball. Is his life really going to change that much taking $30 million/yr vs $35 or $40 million. Tom Brady did it right and has a lot of rings to show for it.
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    If Burrow is smart, he’ll see what they do to fix that O-line…..they had good stretches this year….but his “life is really going to change”…..his health will change if they don’t get that fixed.

  14. For those who don’t watch the Bengals every week, their offensive line was not great, but it was much improved over last year. The losses of Collins, Cappa and Williams over the past three weeks will pose a significant problem against Buffalo, but the organization did make a strong effort to protect Burrow. (It’s hard to see them make another run with the current state of the offensive line, but who knows?)

  15. Some team(s) will eventually balk as the reality is that you can’t “respect” (otherwise referred to as giving astronomical $) to every player.

  16. He will get the “largest QB contract” in $’s per year, but will make it tolerable on the guarunteed money since the Bengals can’t shell out $500MM in escrow. It will work out. Burrow will help, but he still will get what he is deserved and the Bengals will be good for a long time with him. Everyone, relax

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