The Miami Dolphins trade offer to Cincinnati Bengals for the pick used on Joe Burrow is insane

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The Miami Dolphins are going to have a tough time watching Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals play the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game on Sunday.

That’s because the Dolphins will be seeing Burrow thrive for another AFC team.

You see, Miami was hoping the former LSU football quarterback would be suiting up in South Beach.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday morning that Miami called the Bengals up and offered an insane trade that most teams probably would’ve accepted.

The Miami Dolphins’ trade offer for Joe Burrow in 2020

According to Rapoport, the Dolphins called the Bengals in early 2020 and offered them all three No. 1 picks they had in 2020, which included the No. 5 overall pick (Miami used that pick on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa).

Rapoport noted that Miami could’ve potentially added more to that offer.

The Bengals weren’t even willing to entertain an offer for the No. 1 pick. Cincinnati quickly said no thanks to Miami. The Bengals were locked in all along on Burrow and there was no changing their mind (even though there were some rumors at the time that Cincy was considering trading the pick…that rumor turned out to not be rooted in fact).

Offering three first-round picks for a player — since we know Miami would’ve obviously been selecting Burrow with the No. 1 pick — is an extremely bold move.

Turning down that trade without trying to get more is an even bolder move.

It turns out both teams were right — Burrow is a legitimate superstar who is set to be one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks for years to come.

(With Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning retired, plus Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady on their way out, the new generation of elite quarterbacks is Burrow, Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen. Some pretty good players.)

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The Dolphins will be watching Burrow on Sunday thinking it could’ve been them in that game.

And it probably would’ve been — that’s the kind of impact Burrow has on a team.