There’s been a lot of talk lately about former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow wanting his former Tigers teammate, wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, to join him with the Cincinnati Bengals (specifically, a recent report from Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer).
On paper, it would make some sense.
The Burrow/Chase combination was incredibly fruitful in Baton Rouge in 2019.
Chase caught 84 passes for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2019 with Burrow as his quarterback.
It’s clear the duo has good chemistry. And it would certainly be fun to see them reunite in the NFL.
But the only way the Bengals can get Chase is if they use the No. 5 overall pick to grab the former LSU standout.
I don’t think that would necessarily be a wise move for a team that desperately needs offensive line help –especially since three of the teams in the top five will likely select quarterbacks, which means a top offensive lineman should fall to the Bengals.
Joe Burrow isn’t pushing for the Bengals to draft Ja’Marr Chase
While Burrow would certainly enjoy playing with Chase in the NFL, he isn’t pushing Cincinnati to select his former teammate in the draft, despite the report from Breer last month.
Former ESPN anchor Trey Wingo said this week on the Draft Insiders podcast (via Pro Football Network) that Burrow isn’t pushing his draft opinions on the Bengals.
“I can tell you that I got a text today from a member of the Bengals coaching staff that said, ‘I’ve seen that out there. Not sure where that came from. That’s not Joe, that’s not how he is at all. He gives us great intel on LSU guys but is respectful of his role as a player and ours as coaches and scouts,'” explained Wingo.
I can’t say I’m surprised. Burrow doesn’t seem like the type to meddle in front office matters. In fact, I should’ve known based on Burrow’s history that Breer’s report wasn’t accurate.
Burrow is going to be a leader and welcome whichever players the Bengals end up drafting in 2021. That’s just who Burrow is as a person and as a player.