Joe Burrow is officially a rich man, as the former LSU star signed his rookie deal with the Cincinnati Bengals this week. Burrow is now so wealthy, in fact, that he can finally afford his own place.
Burrow’s father, Jimmy Burrow, discussed Joe’s four-year, $36 million contract during an appearance on WNXX-FM 104.5’s “Off the Bench” on Wednesday morning. The elder Burrow joked that his son can finally move out of his basement now.
“We finally got him outta our basement,” Jimmy Burrow said, via The Advocate.
The entire contract is fully guaranteed and included a $23.9 million signing bonus, so Burrow should be able to buy himself and his parents a new house. Jimmy admitted that the Burrow family got a bit nervous during the contract negotiation process and is “glad to get that part behind (them).”
“It was a process. There was language that needed to be ironed out. As a parent, you get a little nervous when it isn’t a done deal,” Jimmy admitted.
With Burrow’s contract finally wrapped up, the Bengals must now focus on building a contending team around him. He may only have one of his best receivers for a year, though the team could still find a way to work that situation out.
Look out, folks. Colin Cowherd is taking aim at another AFC North quarterback.
The FOX Sports radio host is a bit skeptical of Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals’ top draft pick. Cowherd went over the Bengals’ schedule during his Monday’s edition of “The Herd,” and did not mince words. He said that he’s rooting for Burrow, but essentially said the Cincinnati quarterback will have no success in his rookie year.
“Joe Burrow is going to get mauled this year,” Cowherd said. “He is not going to look good.”
Cowherd is probably an outlier here. Many observers and pundits rate Burrow highly and think he will be a success in the NFL.
If Burrow wants some advice on how to deal with Cowherd’s vocal criticism, he should probably reach out to one of his division rivals. Baker Mayfield has become very accustomed to the Cowherd treatment in the last year or so.
The NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award can be tough to predict. It’s based as much on opportunity as anything else; if you don’t play as a rookie, you’re obviously not going to excel. Add in the uncertainty of predicting how a first-year player will adapt to the league, and it can be a bit of a crapshoot.
Still, we can make some educated guesses based on opportunity and ability. With that in mind, here are our five early favorites for 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Fear not, Joe Burrow is not holding out from the Cincinnati Bengals. It could still be some time before he signs his contract, though.
Burrow told the “Pardon My Take” podcast that due to the uncertainty over the status of the 2020 season, he has yet to sign his rookie deal.
“I haven’t signed the contract yet, so we’re just kind of waiting to see what happens over the next three months, because we really don’t know,” Burrow said, via Ryan Young of Yahoo Sports.
Burrow will be due a significant bonus when he signs. If the NFL has to play games without fans, the financial implications will be massive. That uncertainty is definitely causing some issues right now, and it’s not going away anytime soon.
Grant Delpit could not be more thrilled that he ended up in the same division as No. 1 overall pick and former LSU teammate Joe Burrow.
The All-American safety, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round with pick No. 44 on Friday, had some great trash talk for the new Cincinnati Bengals star Burrow.
“I’m very excited to pick Joe off twice a year,” he said of his ex-quarterback, per ESPN’s Jake Trotter.
Delpit and Burrow were teammates at LSU for the past two years and won the national title together last season. Now that they are both in the AFC North though, they will get an opportunity to see what it is like to play on opposite sides of the field.
Burrow already has a target on his back from others in the division, and now he can add a one-time cohort of his to the list as well.
Skyline Chili is a local staple in the Cincinnati area and is considered one of the city’s signature foods. But Cincinnati’s new quarterback has some work to do if he wants to grow to like it.
Joe Burrow is an Ohio native who is familiar with Skyline. Familiar enough to have some fairly recent tweets saying some rather negative things about Cincinnati’s pride and joy.
On Thursday, after the Cincinnati Bengals made Burrow the top pick in the NFL Draft, the quarterback admitted that he was open to changing his mind.
Burrow has already been welcomed by a Cincinnati sports figure. Maybe the general public will wait until the final food verdict comes in.
Joe Burrow received a warm welcome to Cincinnati from one of the city’s other top athletes.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer predicted “big things” for the city’s sports teams in the years to come as he welcomed Burrow in a tweet Thursday.
Bauer is a free agent at the end of the 2020 season. This probably isn’t a hint that he’s planning to stick around in Cincinnati, but it’s interesting all the same.
As for Burrow, big things are expected of the Ohio native. He’ll probably appreciate this welcome from Bauer more than the greeting he got from one of his future rivals.
Joe Burrow has officially been selected first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals. That means he’s been dropped into an AFC North that features two traditional defensive powerhouses in the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Calais Campbell is a new part of that Baltimore defense. The star pass-rusher was quick to welcome Burrow to the NFL with an outstanding tweet.
Campbell had 6.5 sacks last season and will be looking to improve on that tally. Burrow will be in his sights twice a year, and it sounds like Campbell is ready to take him down.
Judging by the attitude among the Baltimore defense, Burrow won’t be the only quarterback the Ravens target in 2020.
Joe Burrow has been waiting a long time to hear his name called during the NFL Draft, but he may not be looking quite as dapper as he had hoped when that moment finally comes.
Like millions of others across the world, Burrow has not been able to visit a barbershop or hair salon while following stay-at-home orders. In the hours leading up to the draft on Thursday, Burrow sent a hilarious tweet warning people that he isn’t thrilled with the hairstyle he’s going to have during the big event.
We feel you, Joe.
In addition to being the best quarterback in the draft class, Burrow also has a great sense of humor. We saw an example of that earlier this offseason when he mocked the concerns over his small hands. Cincinnati Bengals fans are going to love him.
Joe Burrow has never shied away from reminding everyone how much LSU meant to his career, and on the eve of the NFL Draft, he’s paying tribute one more time.
The LSU football account shared a message from Burrow, the likely first overall pick in the draft, thanking the state of Louisiana one more time.
The billboard even shows the Cajun version of Burrow’s jersey that he debuted at his Senior Night.
An unheralded transfer quarterback, Burrow became the Heisman Trophy winner with the Tigers and won a national title as well. The fans in Baton Rouge love him as much as he loves them, and they should be bursting with pride when he goes No. 1 on Thursday.