Joe Burrow is the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft. The Cincinnati Bengals own the top draft choice, and are ostensibly on the lookout for their next franchise quarterback.
The Bengals are reportedly set to work on trading longtime starter Andy Dalton, and second-year pro Ryan Finley is likely a career backup. Enter Burrow, right? Right?
Well, there have been rumors circulating that Burrow is less than enthused about the possibility of playing for Cincinnati. Some have even speculated that he could pull an Eli Manning/John Elway and say he will refuse to suit up if picked by the Bengals.
Burrow and his family laughed off these claims in a recent interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Both of his parents downplayed the rumors, with Burrow's mother saying they "don't have any substance."
However, when asked about the possibility of playing for the Bengals, Burrow himself preferred to maintain a business-like approach. He deferred to the process rather than make a definitive statement about Cincinnati.
“They have their process that they have to go through, so I’m just blessed to be in the position that I’m in. If they select me, they select me. I’m going to do everything in my power to be the best football player that I can be.”
Told that didn’t sound like a “yes, I’ll be happy,” Burrow repeated: “It’s a long process the next couple of months. We have the Combine. We have the pro day. There’s a long time until the draft. There’s a lot of information, a lot of different places, a lot of people saying a lot of things, but I’m just focused on training right now.”
Blocking out the noise is probably a wise idea for Burrow at this point. Plus there is a lot that can happen in the next two months.
The rumors will be flying throughout draft season, as always.
The 2020 NFL Draft is set for April 23-25 in Las Vegas.