With being the #1 overall draft pick in the NFL comes with a lot of expectation.
Joe Burrow earned the reward of being the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft over the weekend and the pressure on him is only going to get tougher after his contract details came out.
Burrow’s rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals is worth more than $36 million over four years, with a fifth-year option built in.
Burrow’s signing bonus accounts for nearly $24 million.
The NFL has been using the same rookie wage scale since the league implemented a new collective bargaining agreement in 2011. Sam Bradford in 2010 was the last No. 1 overall pick to reap the benefits of the last deal as he signed a six-year, $78 million deal with the St. Louis Rams.
On top of his contract, Burrow is also the favorite to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year at +215 odds.
According to DraftKings Sportsbook, via ProFootballTalk:
“Next on the list is Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, at +550, following by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (+700), Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (+1,000), Lions running back D’Andre Swift (+1,200), Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy (+1,400), Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (+1,600), Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (+1,600), Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb (+1,800), Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III (+1,800), Rams running back Cam Akers (+2,000), and Eagles receiver Jalen Reagor (+2,000).”
The full list is here.
Burrow won the Heisman Trophy behind 5,671 passing yards, 60 touchdown throws and six interceptions, and then led LSU to the College Football Playoff national championship with wins over Oklahoma and Clemson.