Joe Burrow on the contract extension: it’s in preparation

While Jalen Hurts was the first quarterback in the 2020 draft class to receive a contract extension, Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow likely won’t be far behind.

Cincinnati went with Burrow’s fifth-year option — a move that was more of a formality than anything given the quarterback’s performance in his first three seasons. But in a statement announcing the move, the team also noted that it was working with Burrow and his representation to secure the quarterback’s “long-term future as a Bengal.”

Burrow was asked about a possible contract extension at his first press conference of the offseason on Tuesday.

” I am involved. It’s in progress“, Burrow said. “It’s not really something that I like to put out in the media. It’s something – just the way, I think, they want to do business, I want to do business , we prefer to keep this between us.

Burrow added that there are many different ways to enter into a contract. But he also gave the impression that the organization should now know exactly what he wants.

“I’m pretty clear about what I want in the contract and what I think is best for me and for the team,” Burrow said. “So we’re on track to make that happen.”

To that end, there are other players who are or will soon be in line for overtime. Burrow is fully aware of this and said playing QB can’t be a one-man band.

“It’s definitely – any time you have guys on the team that need to be paid, it’s always on your mind,” Burrow said. “You want it to be a focal point. So we are working to make that happen.

“You have to have good players,” Burrow added later. “No matter how good your quarterback is, if you don’t have good players around him, you’re not going to be a very good team.”

For the past two years, Burrow helped the Bengals reach Super Bowl LVI before falling to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game in January.

It stands to reason that Burrow and Cincinnati will agree to a new contract sooner rather than later in the spring or summer.

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