Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is going to receive a contract extension this offseason.
We don’t know when it will happen or how much it will cost the Bengals, but it will definitely happen before the start of the 2023 season.
On Monday, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts received a massive extension. It was one of the first dominoes that was expected to fall before Burrow’s contract extension goes down. After the news of Hurts’ extension broke, Bengals fans immediately started wondering what it meant for Burrow’s looming extension.
Hipnhopsongs’ Charlie Evans took a look at how Hurts’ record five-year $255 million extension could impact Burrow’s negotiations with Cincinnati. You can check out that column here.
The Athletic’s Mike Jones, a national NFL writer, also took a look at how Hurts’ extension could affect the Bengals’ discussions with Burrow.
And Jones made it pretty clear that he thinks Burrow will quickly reset the quarterback market. The big question when it comes to Burrow isn’t whether or not he’ll reset the market — it’s basically a given that he will — but instead, it’s whether or not he’ll sign a Patrick Mahomes-like contract that gives Cincinnati some flexibility in future years to make needed improvements to the roster.
Mahomes signed a 10-year extension worth $477 million in early 2020. The length of that deal allows Kansas City to restructure Mahomes’ contract as needed to create salary cap space.
Those lengthy deals aren’t considered great for quarterbacks. But because of Burrow’s strong desire to win, I wouldn’t be shocked if the former LSU star signs a Mahomes-inspired deal to ensure that Cincinnati has the ability to put together championship-caliber rosters in the future.