Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) adjust his helmet after scoring a touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the third quarter during an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Afc Wild Card Jan 15 202

Last week, just before the start of the 2023 NFL season, Cincinnati Bengals star quarterback Joe Burrow signed a new deal with the team that officially made him the highest-paid player in the history of the league. That’s the good news. But the bad news is that his first game as the NFL’s highest-paid player did not go well at all.

During Sunday afternoon’s season opener against the Cleveland Browns, Joe Burrow completed just 14 of his 31 passing attempts for 82 yards, leading the team to zero offensive touchdowns and just one field goal and finishing the game with a quarterback rating of just 52.2. As a result of his poor play, the Bengals lost in a lopsided game, falling 24-3 to their division rivals to start the season.

It was an absolutely brutal performance from the star quarterback just after becoming the highest-paid player in the history of the league, and people had plenty to say about it on social media as a result.

It’s safe to say that it wasn’t the way Burrow would have liked to play after signing such a massive and historic contract, but there’s little doubt that Burrow will bounce back from this.

After all, Burrow threw four interceptions in last year’s season opener, and he ultimately still led the Bengals to the AFC Championship game.