Does Joe Burrow want to play for the Cincinnati Bengals?
That is a question the national media has been tossing around in the weeks since he led LSU to the national championship and further cemented his status as the best available candidate to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
That selection belongs to the Bengals, who went 2-14 last season and have a veteran quarterback (Andy Dalton) due to make more than $17 million this season while coming off the worst season of his career.
Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday morning, Burrow did not give much away about his point of view.
"Whenever you're in the conversation for the No. 1 pick, it's obviously a dream come true,” he said after telling Patrick he had not been in contact with the Bengals yet. “I know they have a process to go through. I have a process to go through. So that's, it's a long ways away.”
Asked if being the top pick or going to the right team was more important, he replied, "Combination of both. You know you want to go, No. 1, but you also want to go to a great organization that's committed to winning, committed to winning Super Bowls.”
Patrick and his staff have been among those building the narrative Burrow could consider following in the footsteps of Eli Manning, who was traded to the Giants after making it known he did not want to play for the Chargers, who had the No. 1 pick in 2004.
When he mentioned that bit of history Friday, Burrow replied, “Yeah, I mean, so, you know, there's a lot of factors that go into it. My dream always has been to play in the NFL. The fact that I'm sitting on here being in the conversation of the No. 1 pick is honestly crazy to me. Watching the draft growing up, watching the guys walk out and hold their jersey up, so you know there's there's a lot of things that go into it but it's a huge honor.”
Earlier this week, former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer told Patrick he sees Burrow as a deserving No. 1 pick, and he later told CBS Sports Radio he was told prior to the Bengals taking him No. 1 in 2003 he would be better off somewhere else.
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