No. 1 pick Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals agree to terms on contract

SportsPulse: After all the deliberation and speculation, Joe Burrow is now a Cincinnati Bengals. We detail his strengths and weaknesses and the type of prospect the Bengals are getting.

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Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals have reached a deal.

A person familiar with the negotiations told the Enquirer and the USA TODAY Network that the Bengals and Burrow have reached an agreement in principle on a $36.1 million contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday. Burrow will put ink to paper upon completion of the physical, the person said. 

The Bengals drafted Burrow No. 1 overall in the 2020 NFL draft. Burrow is Cincinnati’s first No. 1 overall pick since Carson Palmer in 2003. The 23-year-old quarterback is the first player since Cam Newton to win a Heisman Trophy, national championship and be selected No. 1 overall in the draft.

Before Tuesday, Burrow was the only player drafted in the top 10 of this year’s draft who hadn’t signed his rookie deal or reached an agreement

Once Burrow passes coronavirus tests and a team physical, he will officially embark on a journey as the Bengals’ new franchise quarterback. The Bengals drafted Burrow to start immediately. Quarterbacks Ryan Finley and Jake Dolegala are expected to battle for the team’s backup job. 

The Bengals reported that Burrow has already been assigned the locker once occupied by Palmer and then later Andy Dalton, the team’s two primary starting quarterbacks since 2004. 

Burrow passed for 8,565 yards, 76 touchdowns and had 11 interceptions in 28 career games LSU. 

With the Bengals on the verge of finalizing Burrow’s rookie contract, the club must now turn its attention to second-round pick wide receiver Tee Higgins. Higgins is the only player in the team’s 2020 draft class who hasn’t agreed or signed his rookie deal. 

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