Report: Joe Burrow Agrees in Principle to Lucrative Rookie Deal With Cincinnati Bengals

Brad Sullivan
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Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals have reportedly agreed in principle to a lucrative contract worth $36.1 million.

Burrow was the top overall pick in April’s NFL draft and is expected to start for the Bengals during the 2020 season.

That optimism regarding Burrow’s immediate future is based on the fact that the Bengals released their incumbent starter, Andy Dalton, one week after they selected Burrow.

An Ohio native, Burrow began his collegiate career at Ohio State University and served as a reserve for three seasons before transferring to Louisiana State University.

Burrow remained largely under the radar until last season, when he led the Tigers to the national title and was awarded the highest individual honor in college football, the Heisman Trophy.

How quickly Burrow adapts to the professional game remains unknown, especially with the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the upcoming NFL season.

This summer, teams were unable to conduct minicamps and other team training sessions in the months leading up to training camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite that setback, Burrow is looking to develop into the leader for the Bengals to return them to the postseason.

The Bengals have missed out on the playoffs in each of the last four seasons and are coming off a miserable 2-14 campaign in 2019. In addition, the team is seeking to put an end to the frustrating eight-game playoff losing streak that dates back to January 1991.

Burrow will have the challenge of competing within the tough AFC North division, with the other three teams consisting of the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.

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Brad has written on a variety of both NBA and NFL topics and has worked previously as a sports information director at the collegiate level. A lifetime fan of sports, he's witnessed countless great moments in different sports and understands that stories can be compelling from both the perspective of winners and losers. As a frustrated fan of Cleveland sports, he experienced something unprecedented when the Cavaliers won the city's first championship in 52 years.