Source: Dolphins would love to land Joe Burrow

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The Dolphins didn’t make the playoffs at 5-11. They wouldn’t have made the playoffs if they’d gone 1-15, obviously. But they would have been in position to get the guy they covet most at the top of the draft.

Per a league source, the Dolphins covet LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, the presumptive No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft.

Specifically, the guy who signs the checks — owner Stephen Ross — is the one who wants Burrow. It’s unknown at this point whether coach Brian Flores and/or G.M. Chris Grier agree.

The Dolphins have the draft capital to try to make a move from No. 5 to No. 1, if they want to. But anything they’d need to add to the fifth overall pick to get the Bengals to voluntarily slide back by five spots underscores the reality that, if they’d simply embraced the 0-7 start and allowed it to continue, they’d be able to get Burrow and keep all of their other draft picks and players.

Look at how the 49ers benefited from going 4-12 last year. It got them the second overall pick, and defensive end Nick Bosa instantly has become one of the best defensive players in the league.

Absent a trade, the Bengals will use the first pick, and quite possibly will take Burrow.

89 responses to “Source: Dolphins would love to land Joe Burrow

  1. Yea. Keep dreaming Miami. I have a better chance of winning the $343,000,000.00 POWERBALL tomorrow night then the Bengals giving up that #1 pick for Burrow. Cincinnati fans would burn the owners box at the stadium to the ground if they did that.

  2. Players don’t try to lose only the owner and gm want that. Good for the dolphins for winning some games just take tua at 5 he will be fine.

  3. I’m just asking, who wouldn’t want a kid who just had the best college year ever? Sign this jet fan up! I’m sure the Pats would want him too. PFT has done better…

  4. They could have continued to tank and yes they land Burrows but there are other good qb prospects in the draft and if they would have continued to tank they would be without a few more pieces. Parker, Williams both flourished/showed more potential with Fitz. If he hadnt shown that Parker likely leaves and they would be unsure of Williams potential.

  5. If he’s that good they should just trade ALL their draft picks. It’s not unprecedented and unloading a large amount of picks for one player seems to be the new norm for the NFL…

  6. Dolphins can offer Cincinnati 5 first round picks and two second round picks over the next two years. That’s alot of draft capital to pay for Burrows.

  7. There are a lot of good QB’s that would have done just as well as Burrow with that loaded LSU team. Don’t waste picks. Go BPA and build a TEAM.

    GO PHINS~!

  8. Steve Erkel says:
    January 21, 2020 at 5:12 pm
    How about them Niners though
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    I didn’t even realize niner fans still existed. I guess they have woke up from their 4 year hibernation.

  9. The Bengals have some major holes to fill to become consistently relevant. A talented QB like Burrow is a significant step forward and could be a major shift in the team’s future prospects. but However, he cannot throw the ball and block at the same time! Plus their
    Defense is just plain BAD!

    Stephen Ross would need to be willing to trade significant draft capital and then Miami will find itself in the same boat Cincinnati is in.

    If Burrow went to Miami and somehow did not live up to expectations the cost to get him is greatly amplified and Stephen Ross would not be allowed back in South Florida.

    The more likely scenario, they will take Tua, be happy they have him and draft some great complimentary pieces with the rest of the draft. Miami is in a
    good place with a solid coach, just need to stay the course, sign one or two complimentary pieces in Free Agency, have a solid draft and then get after it!!

  10. This is the same Bengals front office that turned down the Saints entire complement of draft picks in 1999 just to turn around and take Akili Smith. And that wasn’t even for the #1 overall pick.

  11. this could be huge. first, one team who’s head coach shook hands with sean mcvay (per sources) and beat the jets and browns is struggling to take the heisman winner with the most prolific season from a QB in college history. on the other hand, a team with no offensive line is looking to trade all of their draft capital that took years to acquire to take a 1 hit wonder QB with all tha help in the world. big if true

  12. The charts say #1 is worth 3000, #5 is worth 1700. So it would take at least one of the other first, and the second this year…

    Bengal fan, I remember Mikey having to have Akili Smith in 1999… NINE PICKS they were offering to move back to 12 spot… NINE PICKS!!

    But Akili was good right… ugh…

  13. But anything they’d need to add to the fifth overall pick to get the Bengals to voluntarily slide back by five spots underscores the reality that, if they’d simply embraced the 0-7 start and allowed it to continue, they’d be able to get Burrow and keep all of their other draft picks and players.

    And they wouldn’t be PLAYING. TO WIN. THE GAME.

    I swear, in one article you excoriate teams for tanking, then in another you advocate for it.

  14. The Cincinnati Bengals lack offensive line quality/depth, receiving quality/depth,
    tight end quality/depth, and have the 28th ranked defense in the nfl.

    The smart move would be to trade down for more picks
    since Joe Burrow would be dead behind that crappy offensive line

    Dalton was sacked 11 times less than the nfl leader
    even after being benched for three games
    (Ryan Finley was sacked 11 times in those three games).

    Unfortunately… the brown family needs to sell season tickets to the suckers
    who hate Andy Dalton and want Joe Burrow.

  15. forget burrow, cincy should look to establish the run with these picks. maybe a fullback? jay jay wilson fits on all run team and all name team. alec ingold made the pro bowl and kyler murrey didnt while throwing the ball 50 times a game in the air raid just saying

  16. If Mike Brown is still remotely in charge and as cheap as he is, don’t be surprised if he moves out of the first round altogether or much lower like the 20’s to save on paying the guaranteed bonus money. Could see Bill making a move up this year and waving bye bye to Brady and Mike is dumb enough to do it if it will save him a few bucks.

  17. And they wouldn’t be PLAYING. TO WIN. THE GAME.

    I swear, in one article you excoriate teams for tanking, then in another you advocate for it.
    _______

    Tell me about it. Biggest flip flop sports journalist I have ever seen.
    Try and tell these players who are fighting for roster spots, either on this team next year or another team elsewhere to not give 110% If they tank on purpose, they are tanking themselves out of a job. A QB on a losing team has more to play for than anyone! If he continues to pile up L’s, his replacement is getting drafted a few months after season end.
    How many coaches go one and done? They need to show that they can keep a dressing room together, get the most out of less talented players and play through adversity. These are guys litterally playing for their careers and livelihoods. This tank for xxx player really bothers me…no player worth a roster spot voluntarily tanks!

    And stop going on about the 49ers as if Bosa was the ONLY missing piece. Lets see, Jimmy G was sidelined (love or hate him he is 21-5 as a 49ers starter and went 5-0 to open his 9er career that had gone 1-10 with 2 other QB’s that had the exact same roster). They added Ford and Alexander. They added a veteran WR. Players have got healthy. And yes, they also landed a talented player in Bosa – but not by tanking, by being legitametly outplayed because our roster was banged up and didn’t have adequete depth.

  18. If they make this trade then it will be the biggest mistake in franchise history.

  19. “if they’d simply embraced the 0-7 start and allowed it to continue, they’d be able to get Burrow and keep all of their other draft picks and players.”

    So you think its right that they team should have cheated their fans of their best effort to win? The most basic building block of the agreement between fans and teams is that the team will make its best effort to win. These teams who intentionally tank are cheating in a way and its shameful

  20. No one will know who Joe Burrows really is for a few years. Even “sure things” are just best guesses, and rely so much on context (coaches, teammates, etc.) that the right guy will only end up being the right guy if he gets into a place with the right variables.

  21. Burrow will be the most coveted QB prospect since Andrew Luck. There is no way the Bengals are trading that pick. None. The Dolphins could offer every one of their draft picks for the next 2 years and the Bengals still would not take it.

  22. Look at what the Niners are doing. They have a very good defense and very good running game, and they minimize the injury their QB can inflict on them, while still being able to make enough quality passes to maintain the threat of the passing game, and they are in the Super Bowl. Tom Brady was a 6th round pick. You don’t need a high draft pick QB to win. But I hope they trade the farm for Burrows.

  23. Mahomes was the 10th overall pick, and Garoppolo was a second rounder. Obviously don’t need the #1 pick to find a QB. Kyle Shanahan could get Miami to the super bowl with Josh Rosen, but he’d need to clean up the rest of the roster first. He got Atlanta there with Matt Ryan. Where’s Atlanta now?

  24. Ok. First Cincinnati rarely trades back in any round of any draft. That being said, Duke Tobin is now the guy playing GM not Mike Brown. Katie Blackburn is now running more of the day to day, Mike’s daughter.
    I believe the WR room is better then what some people are giving them credit for. Boyd is a beast (Pitts all time leader in a bunch of categories, that’s right not Larry Fitzgerald) Ross is a game changer (if he can stay health, 0-3 so far) and Tate is a young guy finding his way. Is Green on the tag? Or traded?
    O-line gets its 2019 1st round pick at LT. Now you need someone at LG and probably Center.
    Defense needs LBs who can make plays. Geno and the gang can dominate but it doesn’t matter if you can’t cover the TEs in Cleveland, Baltimore, or Pittsburgh not to mention the rest of the NFL.
    Draft Joe and let him sit for a year or if he is ready trade Dalton. Done it’s not that hard.

  25. Great read! Even though 31 other teams would also love to have burrow. And what’s the point of bringing up the niners? Even with their #2 pick, they would still have had to trade up to get burrow if they were in the dolphins position. It’s not like the niners had this strategy that worked out as planned and put them at #2 to select bosa. It’s more like they ended up with the #2 pick and struck gold with bosa still being there. AZ could have very easily selected bosa as well and would have changed the whole draft because sf wasn’t going to draft Kyle murray.

  26. Like I said, the Bengals will almost certainly be seeding rumors to drive up the return for Dalton. I wouldn’t be surprised if that “source” was Cincy. Spread the rumor they’re open to trading down, scare someone who wants Dalton into paying a premium.

  27. What if, after an unbelievable Combine, Chase Young becomes the undisputed #1 pick? Also, at the same time, Tua demonstrates during workouts that he’s nearly at 100%? In that scenario, Cincinnati may decide to take Young, which could make, barring a trade, Burrow AND Tua slide to Miami since Washington, Detroit and the Lions don’t need a QB. If that were to happen I think the Fins would be wise to trade the #5 pick to the QB-needy Raiders for both of their #1’s this year and a #2 next year. Then they could pick someone like Jordan Love with one of their four #1’s to develop under Fitzmagic.

  28. mymanotis says:
    January 21, 2020 at 6:20 pm
    Jets are floating a #1 a #2 and Sam Darnold for the #1 pick
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    Where did you hear this?

  29. Keep in mind Mike Brown turned down the Saints entire complement of draft picks in 1999 for the 3rd overall pick just to select Akili Smith.

  30. I think most everyone is pointing out the fact that most Teams would take Burrow in a heartbeat. I am just not sure Miami is serious about trading up. It may be that they are planting the seed with other Teams who may want to trade up to 5 for Tua or another Player. This rumor may be more about their lack of confidence in Tua’s hip than actually giving up some or most of the draft capital they acquired. If a Team sees that they want Burrow and don’t get him then they can jump up into the 5 hole. Either way rumors this early in the process will be long forgotten by draft day.

  31. Burrow is as close to a sure thing as you can get, and he’s played in a pro style offense. I’d do whatever it took to get him.

  32. Ross wanting Burrow means nothing. He always lets the football guys make decisions even if they know nothing

  33. So, they draft Tannehill (oh, he’s going to be our guy). Get rid of him and he helps take Tennessee to the AFC Championship. Trade for Rosen (oh, he’s going to be our guy) and he can’t beat out Fitz. Bottom line, Miami can’t groom a QB. There are certain teams that will fail, no matter the personnel. Miami is one of them. Some of the others are Oakland, Arizona, Cincinnati and Detroit (Dallas has talent, but can never seem to get over the hump). These teams simply do not live up to expectations. But, it seems the “Football Journalists” pimp these teams every year.

  34. Regardless of what happens…Don’t blow this years draft Dolphins.You’ve got a lot of draft picks.Make them count

  35. All draft picks are a crapshoot so you should take your chances with the pick that looks like as close to a sure thing as possible. The Bengals would be crazy to pass up a chance on the top QB to come out in a long time for 2-3 1st rounders. Look at the Bengals last 2-3 1st rounders and decide if you would take them collectively over Burrow.
    If the Bengals take that route they are truly nuts.
    Stick with Burrow.
    Heck he was in town yesterday to “see his girlfriend” who lives in Greater Cincy. I’m thinking he has already bought in and was checking out the territory.

  36. Teams don’t tank quite as easily/readily as writers like to think they do. Do you really think guys like walking around town after they go 1-15 and hear about it from everyone? All for some flip of the coin player?

  37. Sure, every team that needs a quarterback would like to get Burrow, but the Bengals are drafting him. This is a non story. I see the Dolphins taking Herbert, but not with their fifth pick. Tua is too much of a risk.

  38. thetooloftools says:
    January 21, 2020 at 5:07 pm
    Yea. Keep dreaming Miami. I have a better chance of winning the $343,000,000.00 POWERBALL tomorrow night then the Bengals giving up that #1 pick for Burrow. Cincinnati fans would burn the owners box at the stadium to the ground if they did that.———————————————————————————————————————–Sorry that is my POWERBALL jackpot.

  39. The Phins have Fitz and Rosen under contract for next year. There’s no reason to throw away all your valuable draft capital this year to get Burrow. If they really fall in love with a different QB wait and get him at #5. Otherwise, use this years picks and some reasonable FA signings to get an edge rusher, build the O and D lines, add some defensive back field help and maybe throw in a good RB in later rounds. This team simply has too many holes to fill before they can be competitive.
    If they can solidify the line play this year they still have multiple picks in 2021 so delaying the pick for a QB one year may be a viable option.

  40. You set the franchise back if you trade all your assets for an unproven player who would then be subject to abuse on a undermanned team. They need to draft the best available players regardless of position unless a rb of course. Look how many top picks have won a SB. I mean Rodgers went to the playoffs 8 straight years and made 1 appearance. The saints have been probably the best team top to bottom for last 3 years. Manning won 1 SB in Indy. Outside of TB12 and pre free agency the whole franchise QB thing is ridiculous. The game has changed yes but the winning formula hasn’t. Don’t get me wrong mahomes is a generational player but jimmyg isn’t the reason the niners are winning. The pats ran the ball straight thru the playoffs last year . The titans made it as far as they did with that formula. Game is still won in the trenches . Just ask Eli

  41. Seems like half the fans out there are trying to covertly build some type of trade value for poor Andy, by propping him up with statements like, He’ll probably go to the Patriots and be really good. The other half are dreaming about getting three first round picks, two second round picks and two third round picks from someone desperate to get Joe. Good luck with both fantasies.

  42. Cincinnati doesn’t need Burrow. They have Dalton. They just need to surround him with better talent. That means players AND playcalling. Dalton is not the problem in Cincinnati. I’d trade the pick for a king’s random of picks that could be used on defense and O-line and then look for more WR help in free agency.

  43. Who should make Cincy an offer? Who does NOT have a QB I believe in. I rank them from bad to worse:

    6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    5. New York Giants
    4. Indianapolis Colts
    3. Chicago Bears
    2. Carolina Panthers
    1. New York Jets

    IF THESE TEAMS LOSE THEIR INCUMBENTS:
    San Diego Chargers (if they ditch Rivers)
    New England Patriots (if they ditch Brady)
    Washington Redskins (if A. Smith retires)

    On the Fence / Unconvinced:

    Oakland Raiders
    Denver Broncos
    Detroit Lions

  44. lanman11 says:
    January 21, 2020 at 6:33 pm
    Tom Brady was a 6th round pick. You don’t need a high draft pick QB to win. But I hope they trade the farm for Burrows.
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    Tom Brady was drafted almost 20 years ago. Since then how many 6th rd QBs have been drafted that have come close to what Brady has done? This example is weak, outdated, and very lazy.

  45. Phins could of had him if they started Josh Rosen the last 2 games vs Bengals and Patriots. They didn’t look at the big picture and won 2 meaningless useless games and now they will be in the same boat they have been in the last 15 years.

  46. And so do the other 30 teams. But they aren’t going to get Burrow, and neither will Miami. This is the “we-don’t-really-want-Tua” narrative. Thank you for helping spread it around. Dolphins want Tua. Don’t overthink it.

  47. The only Fitzmagic I saw last year was him turning a guaranteed No. 1 draft pick into a No. 5 draft pick. What is the fascination with this guy?? Dolphin fans are actually content with him. He is below average on a good day.

  48. This article is basically saying “Its OK to tank, just do it”. Wrong message especially to our youth reading this. Telling them its OK to quit or be a loser.

  49. joshhatesthesteelers says:
    January 21, 2020 at 11:57 pm
    lanman11 says:
    January 21, 2020 at 6:33 pm
    Tom Brady was a 6th round pick. You don’t need a high draft pick QB to win. But I hope they trade the farm for Burrows.
    ————-
    Tom Brady was drafted almost 20 years ago. Since then how many 6th rd QBs have been drafted that have come close to what Brady has done? This example is weak, outdated, and very lazy.

    _________________________

    Not weak and outdated whatsoever Derek Anderson was a sixth round pick in 2005 and lead the Cleveland Browns to a 10 win season.

    Tyrod Taylor was a sixth round pick in 2011 and ended the Bills playoff droubt.

    Tony Romo wasn’t drafted at all and is probably going to be a Hall of Famer.

  50. fordbw says:
    January 21, 2020 at 6:27 pm
    Burrow will be the most coveted QB prospect since Andrew Luck. There is no way the Bengals are trading that pick. None. The Dolphins could offer every one of their draft picks for the next 2 years and the Bengals still would not take it.
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    Go look at the draft picks Miami has over the next 2 years and try to say that out loud with a straight face.

  51. blahblah5528 says:
    January 22, 2020 at 8:28 am
    And so do the other 30 teams. But they aren’t going to get Burrow, and neither will Miami. This is the “we-don’t-really-want-Tua” narrative. Thank you for helping spread it around. Dolphins want Tua. Don’t overthink it.

    ____________________________________________

    I’m hoping that with all the hype surrounding the Dolphins purportedly drafting Tua, that another team offers the Dolphins to trade down and the Dolphins add more where it’s really needed i.e., OL/DL/LB/RB/DB.

  52. This will never happen. The FINS are rebuilding a team and not going all in for one player. Jimmy Johnson received 18 draft picks (Herschel Walker trade) in 1991 and we all know what he did and how that worked out for him.

  53. Firm believer in BPA. Because the Fins won 5 games was a glimpse, that’s all it was. To mortgage what you got you here, (trade talent, get ALOT of picks),& trade ALL of that capitol away for 1 guy? Ate you all losing your minds. Don’t OVERPURSUE. Will having Burrow get you 3 more, 5 more W’s next year? No way man. This is a real good, if not great start. You’ve waited this long. Take all those picks & build a BEAST.Along the way, they’ll pick up their QB, if it already isn’t Rosen. Chill, Phinatics, things ate going our way.

  54. When you’re 2-14, you draft a QB plain and simple. Anyone who deviates from that is stupid and cause for termination. Mike F. please stop writing article like this. The Bengals are getting Burrow.

  55. objectivefbfan says:
    January 25, 2020 at 11:19 pm
    And as always, you said they were tanking. 5-11 and losing the 1st pick when it was right there is not tanking. I do not think that word means what you think it does.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Nobody ever said they were good at it. The front office did everything they could to “tank.”
    They got rid of their QB (AFCCG starter), LT (pro-bowl), FS (All-Pro), one of their better receivers, and any running back that could walk 100 yards without getting winded or needing an ice wrap when they were done. The dismantling of the team was unnecessary as shown by the 5 wins. The remaining players played hard and players NEVER tank because their stats drive their contracts. The only way to tank in the NFL is for the management to deny talent and/or the coach to manipulate the game plan or play calls. You can say the players were not tanking. You can even argue that Flores was not tanking. I don’t believe you can objectively say Grier was not tanking.

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