$230,000,000 Deshaun Watson and $275,000,000 Joe Burrow Look Washed as NFL’s Top Earning Quarterbacks Overshadowed by Adverse Weather

Published 09/10/2023, 4:05 PM EDT

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Recently, with a whopping $275 million contract, Joe Burrow became the highest-paid player in the NFL. With a $230 million contract in his fist, Deshaun Watson is not far behind. Both these quarterbacks make the list of the top 10 earners in their position currently. Needless to say, with their pockets full of money, the entire world was watching them both. Everyone had one question in mind, “Will they justify the number of zeros in their contracts?”

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With the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals facing each other in the Battle of Ohio, one thing became clear. The answer to the question was not a resounding ‘yes’. It seemed something was defeating Joe Burrow and Deshaun Watson, and it was not the other star quarterback.

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With both the Bengals’ and the Browns’ quarterbacks looking a little loose on the field, speculations pointed to one common factor. Before Joe Burrow and Deshaun Watson could defeat one other, it seems like the weather conquered both of them. Dressed to the nines in their respective team uniforms, the pair did not look their best on the field during the match today.

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Weather reports predicted that the football field might be graced by rain. These showers are what deepened the struggles of both Joe Burrow and Deshaun Watson. According to a report by the Cincinnati Enquirer, the wet weather proved increasingly adverse for Joe Burrow, who did not start with a glove on his throwing hand. His bare fingers coupled with a slippery ball did not bode well for the Bengals. From the first to the third quarter, the highest-paid NFL player switched from gloves to no gloves multiple times during the match. He was not the only one who was battling the rain.

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Both the millionaire quarterbacks were struggling on the field, however, one seemed to perform better than the other. The Cincinnati Bengals came with a clear goal in their minds today, to win their first game against the Cleveland Browns, a feat they have not achieved since the year 2017. Till halftime, the score was 10-0 in favor of the Browns, and it was clear the Bengals were not fairing so well. Things took a rather rough turn for the Bengals in the fourth quarter as the Browns crushed Burrow’s squad in a 24-3 victory. As for Burrow, fans can only wait for a magical comeback.

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