Bengals owner wants long career for QB Joe Burrow in Cincy

CINCINNATI — Bengals workforce president Mike Brown mentioned he hopes quarterback Joe Burrow enjoys a long career in Cincinnati, however he understands that it’s going to come at a value for the reigning AFC champions.

In a pregame interview that aired on the workforce’s radio broadcast Sunday, Brown echoed Burrow’s current feedback in regards to the window for a possible Super Bowl run lasting his total career, exceeding the span of his team-friendly rookie contract. Brown additionally referred to the stability of Burrow’s impending payday with the power to signal different high gamers.

“He’s going to have a long career,” Brown advised the workforce’s radio broadcast. “We definitely need it to be right here. I believe his window will lengthen over his complete career. But there’s the truth that when you do not have to pay the quarterback some extraordinary quantity, that leaves room to pay different gamers extra and, subsequently, you’ll be able to hold extra gamers which are good gamers.”

Brown’s feedback have been aired earlier than the Bengals’ 24-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card spherical, marking the primary time in franchise historical past that Cincinnati has gained playoff video games in consecutive seasons.

Burrow was 23-of-32 passing for 209 yards and two whole touchdowns in the win, which arrange the upcoming divisional playoff sport towards the Buffalo Bills. Burrow, the highest general choose in the 2020 NFL draft, has one 12 months remaining on his rookie contract, which features a fifth-year choice that groups can train on gamers chosen in the primary spherical. However, as a result of Burrow has now been in the league for three seasons, he’s eligible for a contract extension.

The former LSU standout is incomes $9 million yearly on his first NFL deal. That quantity might leap considerably if the 2 sides attain a contract extension earlier than the beginning of the 2023 season.

Burrow, 26, additionally spoke about his future in Cincinnati in an interview forward of the wild-card sport towards Baltimore. He advised NBC Sports that he plans to be with the Bengals his complete career alongside coach Zac Taylor, who holds the franchise file for most playoff wins by a coach (4).

He additionally referred to a few of the monetary restraints that Brown referred to.

“Hopefully, lots of our guys are round for lots of my career as they are often,” Burrow advised NBC. “I’ve lots of confidence in the entrance workplace doing their jobs in the offseason.”

Brown and the Bengals’ administration should make choices on a number of key contracts in the approaching years. Wide receiver Tee Higgins and linebacker Logan Wilson, two starters who have been additionally drafted in 2020, shall be eligible to obtain extensions this offseason. Ja’Marr Chase, who as a rookie set the franchise file for essentially the most receiving yards in a single season, shall be up for dialogue in 2024.

That younger core has performed a significant function in Cincinnati’s current success. Last season, the Bengals gained their first playoff sport in 31 years. Cincinnati reached the Super Bowl for the primary time since 1989. Brown advised the workforce’s radio broadcast that the 23-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the championship sport made him hopeful that the workforce is able to attaining the sport’s greatest heights.

“It made me one thing of a believer,” Brown mentioned. “My father’s phrase that successful makes believers of us all, it instilled some confidence in me that we are able to do that.

“We’ll see. Maybe it will occur once more. I certain hope so. It’s very thrilling once you get that chance to have a long run and go to the Super Bowl.”

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