Tuesday, November 28 2023

With the going rate for elite quarterbacks surpassing the $50 million mark annually, the Bengals need to lock up Burrow immediately before the hefty price tag prevents the team from locking up his co-stars (Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins) on the perimeter. 

Nick Bosa, Edge, San Francisco 49ers 

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year deserves a king’s ransom after leading the league with 18.5 sacks in 2022, bringing his career total to 43 sacks in 51 games. Considering Bosa has notched 34 sacks after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2020, coaches and executives view the All-Pro as the gold standard at the position. 

His compensation should match his production as a disruptive force. Although Bosa and the 49ers have yet to agree to terms, it’s only a matter of time before the team opens the vault to secure the services of a franchise player who sets the table for arguably the NFL’s most dominant front. 

Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings 

The NFL’s new WR1 has shattered the record book over the first three years of his career as a spectacular route-runner and playmaker. Jefferson has amassed 4,825 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns while commanding double teams and bracket coverage from opponents since he stepped into the league. 

Vikings CB Patrick Peterson on Jefferson’s growth as an elite WR

Yes, Barkley’s age (26), injury history (torn ACL) and positional value suggest the Giants should avoid committing to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. But Barkley’s impact on the franchise quarterback — Jones sports a 91.4 passer rating with 44 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in games with Barkley compared to a 77.3 passer rating with 16 passing TDs and 17 INTs without him — makes it imperative for the Giants to keep a key piece of their offensive puzzle for the next few seasons. 

Bucky Brooks is an NFL analyst for FOX Sports. He also breaks down the game for NFL Network and as a cohost of the “Moving the Sticks” podcast. Follow him on Twitter @BuckyBrooks.

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