Joe Burrow is still not signed but Bengals fans shouldn’t be panicking.
As training camps across the NFL look to finally start after the coronavirus pandemic put the league on ice for a while, a handful of first-round picks have yet to agree to terms on a contract, including Cincinnati Bengals savior Joe Burrow.
Burrow remains one of three first round picks who are unsigned. New York Giants offensive tackle and No. 4 pick Andrew Thomas and Tennessee Titans offensive tackle and No. 29 pick Isaiah Wilson, teammates at Georgia, are the only two first-rounders who haven’t signed besides Burrow.
Fans of those teams shouldn’t worry about a holdout as the salaries for the draft picks are pretty much set. Burrow is expected to make $6,580,026 in 2020 as part of a four-year, $36,190,146 contract with the Bengals with a $610,000 base salary and $23.88 million signing bonus, according to Over the Cap.
Joe Burrow has been tabbed as the savior of the Cincinnati Bengals.
After setting records for passing touchdowns in a season that brought him a Heisman and a national championship, Burrow was picked No. 1 overall by Cincinnati, as the native son of Ohio’s accuracy, athleticism, and mobility in the pocket made him the obvious choice to be selected first.
Bengals fans currently experiencing heart palpitations need to take a deep breath, as he has already been working out with receiver John Ross, a sign that he’s trying to get familiar with his new Cincinnati teammates.
The Bengals will eventually get this deal done. When they finally bring Burrow in, they’ll surround him with an offensive head coach in Zac Taylor as well as a plethora of quality receivers like AJ Green, Tyler Boyd, and 2020 second-rounder Tee Higgins.
Few are expecting the Bengals to be good this year given what a young team this is, but they have enough pieces to be one of the more interesting watches in the league regardless of record.