With the Cincinnati Bengals now playing at Paycor Stadium, Joe Burrow might actually stay where he is.
Ever since Paul Brown died decades ago, the Bengals have been synonymous with cheap. They are the opposite of waste. Cincinnati is the quintessential big business mom and pop operation NFL. While they got a new stadium after Riverfront bit the dust, even then naming it after Paul Brown rather than taking much-needed financial capital was a headache.
Fortunately, it’s never a bad time to make wise financial decisions, even in your mid-80s…
“It’s a move I think my dad would have approved of. He was always for what was best for the football team,” Bengals owner Mike Brown said in a statement. “This partnership allows the Bengals to continue competing at the highest level in the NFL and demonstrates our long-term commitment to the community.”
After screwing the pooch when Carson Palmer was her franchise quarterback, Cincinnati has decided she can no longer afford to be frugal. Burrow is the best thing that can happen to Bengals football since Sam Wyche told Who Dey Nation they don’t live in Cleveland. With a super bowl Cincinnati is already done with his gig and wisely gets out before trying to pay The Geauxt, Breaux.
As long as Burrow can walk, the Bengals will be a force to be reckoned with in the deep AFC.
Paycor pays Joe Burrow to continue playing for the Cincinnati Bengals
And it’s not just Burrow the Bengals who have to figure out how to pay. They used the franchise tag for Jessie Bates III safety and have wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase just a year behind Burrow when it comes to getting paid. Like Burrow, Chase will be given the fifth-year option, but the Bengals should have enough foresight not to let this get as ugly as Bates did last offseason.
Frankly, Cincinnati can’t use its small-market status as an excuse not to pay its best players the money they’re worth. The NFL is a parity league. Traditional small-market teams like the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs are among the best clubs in the sport right now. Additionally, the Green Bay Packers play in a town too small for even great college football.
Ultimately, it was long overdue for the Bengals to join the rest of the league in a deal for the stadium naming rights. Cincinnati may be bound by tradition, but what tradition is that? A tradition of losing games and being cheap? Luckily, Burrow and the Bengals’ Super Bowl run has resulted in the franchise gaining an indoor practice facility and stadium naming rights revenue.
Duke Tobin might be a great talent evaluator, but he’s going to need a little more cash to work with.
https://fansided.com/2022/08/09/joe-burrow-bengals-contract-paycor-stadium/ Paycor pays to keep Joe Burrow at Bengals to avoid disaster