While the Cincinnati Bengals may be focused on their pivotal AFC Divisional Round matchup against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the franchise is continuously thinking about the future. This includes the fate of quarterback Joe Burrow's contract.
Though he isn't eligible for unrestricted free agency until 2025, Cincinnati's front office is well aware of the need to lock up the face of their franchise to a long-term deal. It's been reported the Bengals have a potential timeline for this extension to hit the books.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the Bengals are targeting this upcoming offseason to get Burrow's contract extension done.
They've also spoken a lot about the finances of this extension. We just saw Kyler Murray ink an insane 5-year, $230.5 million deal in Arizona last offseason and Burrow's career already tracts much higher than Murray's. He'll be deserving of a "mega-deal" and one that the Bengals' front office knows is possible thanks to a key deal they inked before the season.
Cincinnati sold the naming rights to their stadium, which is now dubbed Paycor Stadium. Rapoport indicates this brings them at least $8 or $9 million each year. That's just one of a number of naming deals the franchise sold recently, including their practice facility and WiFi partner.
Burrow's on-field success has also helped the Bengals increase their attendance by 10% in 2022.
Burrow is good for the business and it's clear the franchise wants him around long-term. We could even see this deal done before the 2023 regular season kicks off next Fall. For now, the Bengals will try to upset the Buffalo Bills. They're considered 5.5-point road underdogs, according to NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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