Joe Burrow says he will play for the Bengals if they draft him

AP

Joe Burrow had danced around the question for weeks, mainly because no one had ever asked him directly about playing for the Bengals. He was asked THE question Tuesday during the media interviews at the Combine:

If the Bengals draft you, will you play for them?

“Yeah, I mean I’m not going to not play,” Burrow said. “I’m a ball player. Whoever picks me, I’m going to go show up.”

The Bengals have the first choice, and there has been a sense that he does not want to play for them. During Super Bowl week, Burrow said he wanted to go to a team “committed” to winning championships.

That was seen as a swipe at the Bengals, who haven’t won a playoff game since 1990.

While picking up the Davey O’Brien Award last week, the Heisman Trophy winner conceded he has “leverage” as the top quarterback.

Burrow downplayed the “leverage” comment Tuesday. He said he was referring to the Combine process, even though the LSU quarterback never mentioned the Combine process in his original quote in Fort Worth.

“I haven’t really thought about it like that,” Burrow said Tuesday of his leverage. “I was kind of talking more about the Combine process. Just so everyone knows, I’m not going to throw. I’m not going to workout. That’s kind of what I was talking about. But yeah, I’m going to just try to be the best player I can be for whoever drafts me and try to fit in in any way that I can.”

It is a good cover, if anyone believes it.

But Burrow only has to convince the Bengals he wants to play for them. Or maybe it’s the Bengals have to convince Burrow they are committed to winning.

“I think with any quarterback, fit is really important, but you don’t have a lot of say in that in the draft,” Burrow said. “Whoever picks you, picks you and you’ve got to go play. I’m going to try to make whoever picks me work. I think my skill set is really diverse that can fit in a lot of different schemes, so I’m going to try to be the best player I can.”

The Bengals and Burrow will meet this week, one of several teams Burrow will meet with.

“We’re just going to talk ball, just like every other team,” Burrow said. “I’m excited to get to know what their offense looks like, what they see for me, what they see what I can get better at. That’s something I’m asking all these teams when I’m interviewing with them: What do you think I can get better at? Because I’m always trying to learn; I’m always trying to improve.”

Burrow grew up in Ohio, which he points out is a 2-hour, 15-minute drive from his parents’ house to the Bengals’ training facility.

Having the worst record in the NFL last season won the Bengals the first overall choice. They need a quarterback, with the Bengals reportedly willing to work with Andy Dalton to facilitate a trade.

Burrow appears perfect for the Bengals. Are the Bengals perfect for Burrow?

“Of course I want to be the first pick,” Burrow said. “That’s every kid’s dream. I’ve worked really, really hard for this, and I’m blessed to be in this position. A lot of people helped me get here. I’m just really excited to be in his place.”

43 responses to “Joe Burrow says he will play for the Bengals if they draft him

  1. That’s good he said that but I am sure the media will keep asking him anyway, and one of those times he will say something or use a word that will light this fuse all over again. That’s why I am glad I was never the 1st pick overall in any of the major sports drafts. Except for maybe Hockey.

  2. You left out his comments regarding how he had no idea where the media came up with the narrative of him not wanting to play for the Bengals and the media just ran with it. Even this article hints that there is still smoke and that deep deep down inside, he still might not. Want some salt and pepper for the crow?

  3. That’s good he said that but I am sure the media will keep asking him anyway, and one of those times he will say something or use a word that will light this fuse all over again. That’s why I am glad I was never the 1st pick overall in any of the major sports drafts. Except for maybe Hockey.

    Judging from the knowledge displayed in your comments you should stick to kickball or frisbee golf.

    Burrow will do as well as the O line protects him . No more no less.

  4. great. now that that media-created *mystery* is solved on to the next one re: how the bengals may take a pass on him. smh

  5. Much ado about nothing. Everyone being picked in the top five knows you’re going to be landing on a struggling franchise. As far as I know, no number one pick has gone to the previous year’s SB winner.

  6. The people making the small hands comments probably have hands that are half the size of Burrow’s or a maybe 2/3 as large SMH

  7. Can we stop parsing words already. First thing he wants is to be selected #1 and get paid like #1 overall pick. If Bengals want to trade him for multiple picks, so be it.

  8. Burrow better get used to being on a terrible team and consequently losing all the time. They will likely lose more games in the first half of this season than Burrow lost in his four years playing college football. He may re-think his willingness to play for the Bungles after this season. The Bungles will steal the life out of it’s players and eat their souls while Mike Brown laughs all the way to the bank as he fleeces his fans and the taxpayers.

  9. So he doesn’t plan to pull an “Eli” or an “Elway”? Refusing to play for the team that drafts you should disqualify any player from HoF consideration on day-1.

  10. He should play for anyone who drafts him. Burrow isn’t some Elway or (Peyton) Manning who pundits are salivating over and believe is a game changer. He was average until last season when he got 5 star players all around him and overachieved. He should be grateful Cincinnati wants him so badly at #1 overall.

  11. Florio doesn’t have the influence he thinks he does and he is very worried about his Steelers. Roethlisberger becomes the least impactful qb in division currently…however, taking QB lessons from Jordan Palmer is like taking beauty lessons from Rosie O’Donnell.

  12. Rusty Nale says:
    February 25, 2020 at 10:35 am
    Much ado about nothing. Everyone being picked in the top five knows you’re going to be landing on a struggling franchise. As far as I know, no number one pick has gone to the previous year’s SB winner.

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    Going to a “struggling franchise” is different from going to a team that hasn’t done anything since the 80s, with a coach that looked like a deer in the headlights last year and an owner that’s out of touch with reality.

    Media’s overplaying this story because it’s controversial leading up to the draft. But who wants to go to a team that’s been mediocre-to-bad for decades and where there’s no sign things are going to be drastically different in the short term.

  13. Again, the vast majority of pft commenters seems to be old men who have to get their silliness out via the internet where their fragile egos are protected.

    This is a JOB. You can decline to work for a company, you can decline to work for a team. One hall of Famer and one probably HoF did it.

    I wouldnt want to work for a failing company, would you?

  14. Going to a “struggling franchise” is different from going to a team that hasn’t done anything since the 80s, with a coach that looked like a deer in the headlights last year and an owner that’s out of touch with reality.

    Media’s overplaying this story because it’s controversial leading up to the draft. But who wants to go to a team that’s been mediocre-to-bad for decades and where there’s no sign things are going to be drastically different in the short term.
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    I’ll give you the gap after Paul Brown died until Marvin Lewis era, but for the last decade for example they have made the playoffs 6 of the past 10 seasons while winning the division I believe 3 times in what many believed was the toughest division in football during many of those years. Apparently you like so many uninformed others like to ignore facts and reality. IT is pretty easy to become informed with you know the internet and stuff.

  15. You absolutely HAVE to go to the team that drafts you! To not do so is unamerican. Commie! Hide your wife and kids. WHAT A CROCK OF IT!

  16. speckers32 says:
    February 25, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Apparently you like so many uninformed others like to ignore facts and reality. IT is pretty easy to become informed with you know the internet and stuff.

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    Being informed has nothing to do with it. The issue is that we have different standards/expectations, with yours being far lower than mine.

    Winning the division means nothing when you get trounced from the playoffs immediately. When’s the last time the Bengals won a playoff game, or actually got past the wild card game? This is the team with the 2nd longest consecutive playoff losing streak in the NFL behind only the Lions. The Bengals have 5 playoff wins going back to the 1970s.

    If that historical context combined with the current coaching/ownership/personnel situation gets you enthused, then good for you. We have different standards.

  17. Burrow can still let the Bengals know that he would prefer to play somewhere else and give the Bengals the choice.
    For example he can say: “Of course I will play for you if you draft me and will do my best. But I am concerned about the offensive system you play and feel I can do better somewhere else. How do you feel?
    The Bengals can then make the decision to trade the pick and tell everyone truthfully that they made the decision.
    Or they can tell Burrow that they will work with him and still take him.
    But most teams like a QB that wants to play for them

  18. I’d trade the pick as far down as I could, take the best available QB with my first pick, then have fun filling some holes. Go Packers.

  19. Being informed has nothing to do with it. The issue is that we have different standards/expectations, with yours being far lower than mine.

    Winning the division means nothing when you get trounced from the playoffs immediately. When’s the last time the Bengals won a playoff game, or actually got past the wild card game? This is the team with the 2nd longest consecutive playoff losing streak in the NFL behind only the Lions. The Bengals have 5 playoff wins going back to the 1970s.

    If that historical context combined with the current coaching/ownership/personnel situation gets you enthused, then good for you. We have different standards.
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    My standards are to very high, but in a league based on parody other than N.E. I understand there are ups and downs with every franchise. I can’t stand Brown as an owner, but that doesn’t mean I abandon the team I grew up loving and cheering for. From what you are saying NO player should want to come here and fans should just no longer be fans because it is so horrible and that is just not the case. 49ers just went from dumpster fire into S.B. runner-up. The hope is they will turn it around with the help of Burrow and it it gets real old hearing people talk about the Bengals like they haven’t done anything in the last 10 or 15 years. Yes the playoff games have been disappointing, but anyone that watched knows they had a few teams talented enough to go to the Super Bowl. Palmer & Chris Henry injury, J. Hill,Burfict and Pac-Man debacle, AJ and Dalton injuries for playoffs, etc. they have been snake bitten. They can turn it around pretty quick.

  20. Now that he is retired he will probably be a bigger draw for commercials than Peyton Manning, he is a much funnier individual

  21. There’s been a lot of unjustified and unfounded speculation regarding Burrow forcing his way out of Cincinnati in the last couple of months, glad to see he’s taken a step toward putting that nonsense to rest.

  22. Cheap Mike Brown gave Palmer $100 MIL (highest contract in NFL at the time) and Dalton $120 mil. They even gave Palmer’s brother a backup qb job which he didn’t deserve. Palmer was treated like the king of Cincy, yet he still complains. If he is so committed to winning how come Dalton was able to take the same team to 6 straight playoffs/winning season with the same team Palmer was 4-12 with and crushed Palmer’s OAK team. If Palmer is so committed to winning a Super Bowl how come he threw 4 ints and had 2 fumbles in NFC championship game. It’s Mike Brown’s fault the Bengals lost, not Palmer’s. Palmer takes no accountability and shows no gratitude to the fans and organization that loved him…He quit!!!!

  23. The kid will be fine IF the Bengals invest in experienced O-linemen. If they throw him out there without, they’re going to have a scared headcase

  24. “That’s why I am glad I was never the 1st pick overall in any of the major sports drafts. Except for maybe Hockey.”
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    I didn’t know they drafted the puck.

  25. Carson Palmer needs to do one of two things 1) Fully expound on what his conversations entailed with Mike Brown to make the team better, because his vagueness is making him sound like a Crybaby. OR 2) Never pass on the opportunity to shut the heck up.

  26. So many thumbs down…aw you guys are so sensitive about your godking president. To think, all you have to do is f the country up & make racists feel comfortable about being racist and you get lauded as a god amongst other racists & whire men that are poorly educated

    tm05 says:
    February 25, 2020 at 10:14 am
    Hes got smaller hands than Trump. Not good

  27. Just in case you wondering why most of these guys refuse to say anything of substance, I give you exhibit 1- the extreme parsing of every syllable the guy says.

  28. I like this kid a lot, but the Bengals have a million holes to fill. They would be smart to trade down a few spots to take Tua get more high end picks.

  29. pendragon54 says: “I can choose what company to work for, why cant he?”
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    The NFL is a singular company. He can choose another company like the XFL, CFL or McDonald’s.

    Pretty sure when I got hired in my company, THEY told me what department I was assigned to and NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

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