Bengals Sign No. 1 Pick QB Joe Burrow to a $36 Million Deal

Joe Burrow (9) with LSU in 2019. Photo by Kevin Langley/CSM/Shutterstock (10450854bb)

Cincinnati Bengals have officially locked quarterback Joe Burrow, their No.1 pick in 2020 NFL Draft, to a contract. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bengals and Burrow came to terms on a four-year, $36 million rookie deal.

Rapoport reports that Burrow’s deal is fully guaranteed and comes with a $23.9 million signing bonus. As expected, this is the biggest deal given to a rookie from the 2020 draft class. Behind him are Washington’s pass rusher Chase Young, who got $34.6 million, and Detroit Lions’ cornerback Jeff Okudah with $33.5 million.

Burrow signing his deal means that all top 20 picks in the 2020 NFL draft are under contract. Out of the 32 first-round picks, only offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, Tennessee Titans’ 29th overall pick is still unsigned.

After being the worst NFL team last season, Cincinnati Bengals spent the first overall pick on Joe Burrow, hoping the LSU product will help turn around their franchise. Burrow is coming from a historically good senior year at college in which he led the LSU to National Championship.

Burrow finished the 2019 NCAA season with record 202.0 passing rating and 60 touchdowns while adding college-leading 5,671 passing yards. He won all the major college awards last season, including the prestigious Heisman Trophy.