Bengals’ “Whole Focus” is on Keeping QB Joe Burrow With the Franchise

Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020
Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020. Photo by Adam Lacy/CSM/Shutterstock (10990973x)

The Cincinnati Bengals know that the day when they will have to pay quarterback Joe Burrow is coming soon. And it appears they are prepared to do that without batting an eye.

Speaking at a media gathering on Monday, Bengals’ president Mike Brown told reporters that the entire focus of the franchise is to keep Burrow as their quarterback.

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

Brown said that he’s aware of the salaries for top signal-callers but still hasn’t given it a thought about the number Burrow might command.

“Really, I haven’t thought about it much right now,” he added.

The good thing for Brown is that he has one more year before an extension for Burrow becomes a pressing issue. The former LSU star is heading into the third year of his rookie deal and will become an extension—eligible in the 2023 NFL offseason.

After a knee injury derailed his rookie season, Joe Burrow showed in 2021 that the Bengals made the right choice when they selected him No.1 overall two years ago. Burrow finished the regular part of the campaign with 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 14 picks before leading Cincinnati to a Super Bowl appearance. This was the first Super Bowl trip for the Bengals in 33 years.

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