Bengals owner wants long career for QB Joe Burrow in Cincy

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CINCINNATI — Bengals team president Mike Brown said he hopes quarterback Joe Burrow enjoys a long career in Cincinnati, but he understands that it will come at a price for the reigning AFC champions.

In a pregame interview that aired on the team’s radio broadcast Sunday, Brown echoed Burrow’s recent comments about the window for a potential Super Bowl run lasting his whole career, exceeding the span of his team-friendly rookie contract. Brown also referenced the balance of Burrow’s impending payday with the ability to sign other top players.

“He’s going to have a long career,” Brown told the team’s radio broadcast. “We certainly want it to be here. I think his window will extend over his whole career. But there is the fact that when you don’t have to pay the quarterback some extraordinary amount, that leaves room to pay other players more and, therefore, you can keep more players that are good players.”

Brown’s comments were aired before the Bengals’ 24-17 win over the Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card round, marking the first time in franchise history that Cincinnati has won playoff games in consecutive seasons.

Burrow was 23-of-32 passing for 209 yards and two total touchdowns in the win, which set up the upcoming divisional playoff game against the Buffalo Bills. Burrow, the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, has one year remaining on his rookie contract, which includes a fifth-year option that teams can exercise on players selected in the first round. However, because Burrow has now been in the league for three seasons, he is eligible for a contract extension.

The former LSU standout is earning $9 million annually on his first NFL deal. That number could jump significantly if the two sides reach a contract extension before the start of the 2023 season.

Burrow, 26, also spoke about his future in Cincinnati in an interview ahead of the wild-card game against Baltimore. He told NBC Sports that he plans to be with the Bengals his whole…

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