The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to offer QB Joe Burrow a huge contract extension in the offseason, as per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Burrow under team control for the next two years, assuming the Bengals pick up his fifth-year option as expected. The Bengals already consider him to be its franchise QB. As a result, the organization already is planning to extend his contract.
Many teams have used the offseason after their quarterback’s third year to sign that player to a contract extension. Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Kyler Murray all received extensions ahead of their fourth year in the league.
An extension will be expensive, with Cardinals QB Kyler Murray’s $46.1 million per year average serving as the floor for negotiations.
Nine quarterbacks currently have contracts that average at least $40 million per year, via Spotrac, including passers who struggled in 2022 like Russell Wilson, Derek Carr and Matthew Stafford. Burrow’s deal could surpass each of these contracts as one of the top young players in the sport.
Star QB Josh Allen signed a six-year extension with the Buffalo Bills after his third NFL season, and he now ranks just sixth in average salary at his position.
The Bengals must also fit other young players like Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Jonah Williams inside the salary cap with new contracts in the coming years, putting pressure on them to get a deal done quickly with Burrow.
Bengals QB Joe Burrow. Photo courtsey of Dylan Buell/Getty Images