The salary boom continued in the NFL and just over a month after being broken, the record for the biggest contract in history was surpassed again Thursday by Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 26-year-old quarterback would have accepted, according to the ESPN network, a pact of five seasons and $ 275 million. It is also the same firm, WME Sports, which negotiated the record deal for a defensive player for Nick Bosa the day before. Of the total amount, $219.01 million would be guaranteed.
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Pundits were expecting a tussle between Justin Herbert and Burrow this summer over who gets the most money. On July 25, the Los Angeles Chargers center agreed to an average annual salary of $52.5 million. His Bengals counterpart will earn him $55 million a year.
Burrow, the first overall pick of the 2020 draft, has been particularly impressive during his three NFL campaigns. The LSU Tigers product notably threw 35 touchdown passes to just 12 interceptions in 2022, racking up a total of 4,475 passing yards.
With the youngster behind center, the Bengals even reached the Super Bowl game in 2021 and the AFC Finals last season.
The Iowa native was injured during training camp, but appears to have recovered in time for Cincinnati’s opener Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.