Joe Burrow may be a boy in a hurry but for dad Jimmy Burrow it’s time to get out.
The Ohio-born signed a $ 36.1 million four-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday after a phenomenal year that saw him win a national championship with the LSU Tigers and go No. 1 overall in the NFL 2020 draft.
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“It was a process,” Jimmy Burrow told ESPN’s WNXX about the negotiations. “There was language that needed to be suppressed. As a parent, you get a little nervous when no agreement is reached.”
The finalization of the deal seemed to be a relief to the elderly Burrow, who joked, “We finally caught him out of our basement.”;
The Bengals are likely to go with Burrow as their starting quarterback after the team released veteran Andy Dalton shortly after the draft. Head coach Zac Taylor shed his weight behind the rookie’s ability to perform, saying this will be the last time the franchise will ever have a first pick.
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“We’re looking at this as the only time you’re going to get a player of this caliber and add him to the program. That’s a big deal,” Taylor said at the time.
Burrow was named a winner of the Heisman Trophy and led the country with 5,671 passing yards and set an NCAA record with 60 touchdown passes in 15 starts this past season and his father says he is ready to play the football now that the logistics of his contract are set.
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“Robin and I are happy. Joe is happy. He’s just glad to bring that party after him,” he said. “He installed a lot of the playbook. He was also throwing with his high school couple in the old practical field of third and fourth grade.”