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Sport Bengals reportedly settle on who they will select with No. 1 pick

20:50  14 february  2020
20:50  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Chad Johnson says he is having dinner with Joe Burrow to discuss Cincinnati

  Chad Johnson says he is having dinner with Joe Burrow to discuss Cincinnati Joe Burrow is all but certain to end up with the Cincinnati Bengals, and he is poised to get some good insights from one of their all-time greats. © Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Bengals legend Chad Johnson plans to meet with presumptive No. 1 pick Joe Burrow to extol the greatness of Cincinnati. Former Bengals receiver Chad Johnson tweeted on Tuesday that he is planning to have dinner with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.“Having dinner with Burrow prior to the draft to let him know he’s in great hands because that f—ing city rocks and everybody will love you,” he said.Burrow is the presumptive No.

The Cincinnati Bengals are already on the clock with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and even with more than two months before the big event in Las Vegas, it appears the team has settled on who will be wearing their hat onstage in Sin City.

a close up of a baseball player holding a bat: By all indications, Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow will be joining the Cincinnati Bengals come draft day.© Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports By all indications, Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow will be joining the Cincinnati Bengals come draft day.

While there has been some speculation that the Bengals could conceivably deviate from a near-universal consensus concerning their draft plans, it sounds like Joe Burrow — the prohibitive favorite to go with the No. 1 pick — is Cincy’s man.

Joe Burrow addresses the Bengals situation

  Joe Burrow addresses the Bengals situation Joe Burrow got asked the million-dollar question again — does he want to be a member of the Cincinnati Bengals? Burrow was in Fort Worth to accept the Davey O’Brien Award award Monday and tackled the subject during a media session with reporters. “Look, this is a long process, right?” Burrow said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Drew Davison. “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.”That’s a safe, non-committal answer.

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report tackled the Burrow/Bengals topic in a recent column. He writes that the Bengals have “clearly signaled” they will draft Burrow, but will not officially announce it in a nod to the NFL’s unwritten rule concerning such matters.

The widespread belief has long been that the Bengals would go the Burrow route as the team searches for a replacement for Andy Dalton, who will be moving on one way or another in 2020.

Having said that, there have been developments that seemingly could throw a wrench in the Bengals’ best-laid plans.

There has been no shortage of chatter about Burrow’s apparent uneasiness with joining a Bengals organization that has failed to win a postseason game since 1991. The suspicion is that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, despite spending much of his formative years in Ohio, presumably feels he would be better served joining a more stable organization.

Joe Burrow gives a pretty definitive answer to whether he'd play for Bengals

  Joe Burrow gives a pretty definitive answer to whether he'd play for Bengals Joe Burrow says he won’t pull an Eli Manning (or, for older fans, a John Elway) and refuse to play for the Cincinnati Bengals. The LSU quarterback’s desire to play for Cincinnati, which holds the No. 1 pick, has been a topic the past couple weeks. It was a topic because Burrow hadn’t clearly stated whether he would be happy to play for the Bengals. Burrow was asked about the Bengals on Tuesday morning and said he would report, via Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.Joe Burrow on if he will happily report to the #Bengals it they select him at No. 1. “Yes. Of course.”The. End. Of. This.— Paul Dehner Jr.

There have been a few instances in draft history where a player, frequently a quarterback, played hardball with a team set to select them. John Elway and Eli Manning are the most notable examples.

One NFL general manager, however, doesn’t believe Burrow will go that extreme route.

“If you’re Burrow, you probably don’t love the idea of being a Bengal, but you’re too good of a kid to ever say that,” he said. “So you just sit and let the rumors happen, and maybe someone like Carolina or Miami trades everything they have to come get you. It’s not the worst move ever.”

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