Various media outlets, most notably Pro Football Talk, have pushed a narrative that LSU quarterback and likely No. 1 pick Joe Burrow might not want to play for the Cincinnati Bengals if they select him at the top of the 2020 NFL Draft. On Tuesday at the NFL Combine, Burrow had a chance to address the chatter.
Burrow acknowledged that whoever picks you picks you when it comes to the draft. He said he is not going to not play, which removes whatever leverage he might have had in forcing the Bengals hand — if that’s what he had wanted to do. He also said it would be cool to be able to play in Ohio given that his hometown is only a couple hours away.
This is not going to entirely end this narrative because the media has to have something to talk about when the No. 1 pick appears to be settled over two months before the draft happens. I can picture a “well, he didn’t sound super enthused about it,” or “he didn’t say specifically ‘I want to play for the Bengals,’” but it should be enough.
It’s also worth noting, Burrow announced he will not throw at the Combine.
Joe Burrow: “I’m not gonna not play.” pic.twitter.com/2TnbpGLCaK— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 25, 2020
Joe Burrow: “Yeah of course I want to be the first pick. That’s everyone’s dream.”— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) February 25, 2020
So much for the idea of Joe Burrow not wanting to play for the Bengals.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 25, 2020
Burrow: “I’m not going to not play. I’m a ball player. I’m going to show up.”