Cincinnati Bengals rookie Joe Barrow is on the verge of completing his first NFL deal.
The recent overall draft № 1 project agreed on Tuesday to a four-year contract worth $ 36.1 million, a source told ESPN’s Adam Shefter. The contract awaits a physical one, which will take place later this week.
Barrow is expected to receive the full signing bonus of $ 23.9 million within 15 days of the contract. Berro and second-round Tay Higgins are a lone Bengals who have no deals, as Cincinnati veterans told the team on Tuesday.
The Bengals selected Barrow with the best overall pick in the April draft after the Bengals finished with the worst league record in 2019. Barrow won the Geisman Trophy and led LSU to the national championship.
Even without a contract with the Bengals, Barrow spent the offseason preparing for what could potentially be the initial confrontation of Week 1. In addition to participating in the team’s virtual training sessions, he held training sessions near his childhood home in southeastern Ohio. Barrow was recently spotted working in Cincinnati with new teammates Sam Hubbard, Drew Sample and Liberty Akinmoladun in anticipation of training camp.
In his last season at LSU, Barrow set a record for the football division for the most switches of the season. He finished the year with 76.3 percent completion, 5,771 driveways, 60 landings and six interceptions.