Bengals extend quarterback Joe Burrow in reported record deal
ESPN was just one of multiple outlets to report the deal as the 2023 NFL season kicked off with a game between the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions.
The 26-year-old Burrow's $55 million annual salary will put him ahead of Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, who gained the title of top-paid player when he reached a five-year, $262.5 million-dollar deal in July.
Burrow has revitalized the Bengals in his first three seasons with the franchise.
He led the team to two straight AFC North division titles, two appearances in the AFC Championship game, and one appearance in the Super Bowl.
Burrow has amassed 11,774 passing yards with 82 touchdowns and 31 interceptions and is 5-2 in playoff games.
Heading into his fourth campaign, he holds Bengals single-season franchise records for most passing yards (4,611 in 2021), touchdown passes (35 in 2022), pass attempts (606 in 2022), and completions (414 in 2022).
He and the Bengals will open their season on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
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