Joe Burrow: Whoever wants to pay me to play football, I’ll play for

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Joe Burrow will not try to force his way onto his preferred team, if he even has one.

Burrow, the LSU quarterback who’s the odds-on favorite to go first overall in April’s NFL draft, says he’s happy to play for any team that wants him.

“Whoever wants to pay me money to play the game of football, I’ll play for ’em, it doesn’t matter to me,” Burrow told Josh Wingrove of Bloomberg News.

Burrow will not, in other words, pull an Eli Manning or John Elway-style move and refuse to play for a team that drafts him first overall, if that’s not the place he wants to go.

The Bengals are widely viewed as likely to draft Burrow with the first overall pick, but there’s still plenty of time for some other team (such as the Dolphins, who own three first-round picks) to blow the Bengals away with an offer to move up. Whatever team ends up calling Burrow on draft night, he’ll gladly play for.

48 responses to “Joe Burrow: Whoever wants to pay me to play football, I’ll play for

  1. Elway wouldnt play for the Colts because their head coach, Frank Kush, was notorious for letting his qb throw only on third down. True story. The Chargers ownership and management was an absolute mess when Manning was drafted. It seems the decisions by both players worked out well. Business 101, when you have the leverage to control the deal, you use it.

  2. Will never understand why Eli or Elway are bashed for choosing where to play. People are always saying that players should be treated the same as “normal” people. Well, normal people choose where they want to work, they are not forced to work for a particular company in an industry group.

  3. Not the best answer. I guess that means when he reaches free agency, he will play for the team that pays him the MOST money.

    Should have just said I’ll play for whoever drafts me.

  4. There will be some trade rumbles for sure and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins offered all of their first round picks, and their second round picks for the chance to grab him. It would take a monumental offer in order for Cincy to give it up, and you never know who might come out of nowhere with an offer like that

  5. I used to be old school on this, but not anymore. It’s a mistake for Burrow to show his hand. And I would never play for Mike Brown. Bad move…

  6. skinsdiehard says:
    January 25, 2020 at 7:10 am
    Not the best answer. I guess that means when he reaches free agency, he will play for the team that pays him the MOST money.

    Should have just said I’ll play for whoever drafts me.
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    You can say not the best answer, I will say that he has listed his priorities for the NFL. 1.Money 2.Football. 3.Laundry. Nothing wrong with that.

  7. He sounds like a good kid to me. All he wants is to be able to continue to play football and get paid to do it. Nothing wrong with that. Pretty simple to understand. I don’t read any more into it than that… a kid who loves the game and is delighted to be able to continue to play it, and get paid for doing it. Good for him.

  8. He’s from close to Cincinnati where he probably grew up a Bengals fan, so why would he bash his hometown team?

  9. His his toughness true humility and innocence came forward the night he received the Heisman Trophy.
    He should just keep a low profile from here now till the draft and not let other people try to change his character or toughness.
    He will be much more liked and well-received if he does that and not try to force himself into the Limelight such as Baker Mayfield has done and I’m sure Mayfield is regretting the backlash from that

  10. I keep seeing “Cheap” Bengals. Far from it, especially with QB’s. Carson Palmer was the highest paid QB in the NFL when he signed his extension. Andy Dalton the same. Makes no sense to say those things. Also, Bengals ruining players… Jeesh. So the other 31 teams have all been in the playoffs multiple times in the last three years? Not. 5 straight years in the playoffs before the train went of the rails. This team is a QB and a good receiver away from being there again. You watch. Don’t feed me the O Line crud. They’re nowhere near as bad as the statistics say

  11. Lay low Joe. Come to Cincinnati, play for your home boys, make them proud, shut up the naysayers. . The order is rapidly fading and the first one now will later be last. The Times they are a changing. Who Dey.

  12. Right attitude. I don’t care how many trophies you win or records you break in college. It is still a privilege to play in the NFL. Plus I am the guy who wants it on the 5 with the game on the line, ELEVATING a team. That’s leadership, and it sounds like he has a lot of it.

  13. when a football player wants to opt out of the football team that wants him,he is doing “somewhat” what lebron does when he leaves teams(doesn’t want to play for them) is not really the exact same but close….any comments..let me know what ya”ll think…..

  14. Joe Burrow will need some time to learn the speed and complexities of the NFL game. If he can process NFL game action as quickly as he did this past year, the team that drafts him should take a huge step forward.

    The real issue is what are the complimentary steps the organization will need to take to build a talented and deep NFL roster on both sides of the ball.

    The Bengals had a nice run a few years back. They actually had some very successful drafts leading up to and during their run. They never spent money in Free Agency thus putting enormous pressure on the continued good luck In drafting good incoming college talent.

    They loss some key offensive linemen to Free Agency resulting in the disastrous draft of 2015 of #1 Cedric Ogbuehi (OT) and #2 Jake Fisher (OT) and succeeding drafts of missing on high draft picks such as John Ross, William Jackson III and Billy Price.

    Andy Dalton has been a serviceable QB, never has won a playoff game and not one to shine when the bright lights are on. It is not all his fault. Marvin Lewis should have been fired after the 2015 playoff loss to Pittsburgh. He likely loss the respect of the player resulting in three consecutive losing seasons before Mike Brown woke up and parted ways with him.

    So the Bengals have a new Head Coach who will get to pick his leader. That leader is Joe Burrow – don’t Bungle this one up. A new cycle of prosperity is on the horizon but it will take a plan to sign strategic Free Agent, draft wisely once again and patience. In 2022 the fun will start again in Cincinnati!

  15. Smart guy! You don’t burn your bridges before you get to them . . . they might be an escape route! Things change and sometimes turn completely around.

  16. If I’m a GM , this statement raises a potential Red Flag- “Who ever wants to Pay me” ??? Joe is saying it , while Manziel was motioning his desire for money after a TD during celebrations!.!!

  17. There is absolutely no way the Bengals don’t draft Burrows. They need to sell tickets badly and he’s damn near a home town hero. Now will they destroy his career by putting a terrible supporting cast around him? Probably.

  18. That was refreshing. It’s been a long time since a QB accentuated that football is a game and he’s grateful to be paid for playing.

  19. Burrow is going to be garbage in the nfl. Doesn’t matter which team he plays for.

  20. Bengals paid last 2 qbs over $100 million for 0 playoff wins…They’ll pay Burrows over $200 million if he can win 1 playoff game… The Bengals are far from cheap, look how much they have overpaid their free agents throughout the years!!!!

  21. Burrow should use his leverage. Bengals should have fired Zac Taylor and staff after going 2-14, but none of the coaches were fired. Bengals famously abjure free agents, even when they are better and cheaper than re-signing the likes of Preston Brown and Bobby Hart.

    Burrow can’t get Mike Brown to pass control of the team to Katie or Tobin and the coaches fired, but he should demand meaningful participation in free agency. It’s necessary to make up for all the draft busts. He should also encourage the team to set him up for success with an offense heavy draft. If Bengals get Burrow off to a good start, the next couple of drafts can be about the defense. Or they could just sign a couple of free agent LBs and fix it right away.

  22. He can be an Ohio legend for life if he wins a Super Bowl for the Bengals. Go ask Nick Foles how many tabs he’s had to pick up in Philly since the Super Bowl win.

  23. Well that is the same answer most college football players have as well (bah-dum-tsss), but Joe needs to work with a PR team. A small amount spent on PR would go a long, long way in contracts and endorsement deals.

  24. Stu Bidaciou says:
    January 25, 2020 at 9:04 am
    That’s an odd comment when most people know the Bengals are the cheapest team in the NFL

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    I am always astounded on the site at the number of people that really don’t know how professional football works. Joe burrow is going to get the same amount of money no matter who drafts them oh, it is in the CBA

  25. JazzBass1 says:
    January 25, 2020 at 10:53 am

    I keep seeing “Cheap” Bengals. Far from it, especially with QB’s. Carson Palmer was the highest paid QB in the NFL when he signed his extension. Andy Dalton the same. Makes no sense to say those things. Also, Bengals ruining players… Jeesh. So the other 31 teams have all been in the playoffs multiple times in the last three years? Not. 5 straight years in the playoffs before the train went of the rails. This team is a QB and a good receiver away from being there again. You watch. Don’t feed me the O Line crud. They’re nowhere near as bad as the statistics say

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    I was loving what you were saying until you said the Bengals o-line isn’t bad. You’re right about that, it’s been terrible. A couple decent games at the end of the season doesn’t change that. Btw, Mike Brown isn’t cheap when paying his own players, but he sure is cheap in free agency. I think that’s what people mean when they say he’s cheap.

  26. As a Miami fan, do not give the house away. Sure he’s a good QB, but Miami has a ton of holes to fill on the O Line, Edge rusher, RB and so on. Depending on how Tua’s medical report is, there’s Herbert, Love, Fromm to choose from if they decide if not wait for the next draft to get Trevor Lawrence.

  27. Of course he’s going to play for a team that wants him. Its all about the money these days. The NFL is a business and these players are young businessmen.

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