CINCINNATI – Joe Barrow’s life has changed a lot in the last year. The 23-year-old man has moved from a senior quarterback to a breakthrough star in a matter of months.
He led LSU to a record of 15-0, the national championship and lifted the Geisman trophy along the way.
The Bengals prepared him for №1 just months after he spent one of the greatest seasons in college football history.
Despite all his success, Barrow spent the offseason at his parents’ home in Athens, Ohio.
Most recruits study the game book at command facilities during OTA and mini-camp, but Barrow was not such a luxury because of COVID-19.
Instead, he learned of Bengal’s crime almost in his parents’ basement. His father, Jimmy Barrow, is looking forward to his son’s $ 36.1 million contract with Cincinnati so he can finally leave home.
“We finally got him out of our basement,” Jimmy Barrow joked on 104.5 FM in Baton Rouge. “It was a process. There was a language that needed to be ironed. As a father, you get nervous when it’s not over.”
Barrow agreed to a four-year, fully guaranteed contract of $ 36.1. US, which includes a signing bonus of $ 23.88 million, which the Bengals will pay in full next month.
“Robin and I are happy,” said Jimmy Barrow. “Joe is happy. He’s just happy to get that part behind.”
Barrow has worked many times with his Bengals teammates at the Black Sheep Blue Ash show since arriving in Cincinnati last week’s training camp.
Veterans reported the camp on Tuesday. Strength training and conditioning for the entire team will begin on Monday, August 3.