Former NFL wide receiver Greg Jennings believes former LSU football quarterback Joe Burrow will change the perception of the Cincinnati Bengals.
When Burrow was going through the draft process — shortly after winning a national championship at LSU — the narrative was that Cincinnati was a bad landing spot for the Heisman Trophy winner because they aren’t committed to winning.
That narrative wasn’t necessarily fair.
Cincinnati can’t force free agents to sign. The Bengals simply haven’t been an attractive destination over the last 25 years.
Jennings, however, sees that changing with Burrow leading the offense.
Greg Jennings sees Joe Burrow turning Cincy into a top free agency destination
Jennings, who played nine years in the NFL and reached two Pro-Bowls, is currently an analyst for Fox Sports.
The former star wide receiver appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd recently and gave his opinion on Burrow and his potential impact on the Bengals.
“The Cincinnati Bengals with acquiring Joe Burrow as their pick last season, they’re going to attract so many guys now because we all see the potential in Joe Burrow,” said Jennings (via USA Today).
“When you have a piece at that position that is so very important and valuable—that can be the determining factor of whether a free agent comes or he goes and turns around, and goes the other way,” added Jennings.
Burrow has a reputation as a great leader and teammate.
More importantly, he has a reputation as a winner.
And top free agents want to play with winners.
Burrow is poised to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL for the foreseeable future. Jennings is absolutely right that top free agents are going to start viewing Cincinnati in a different light with Burrow in town.