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Joe Burrow not believed to be ‘all-in’ on Bengals?

The belief that Joe Burrow — the expected No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft — may prefer it if the Cincinnati Bengals do not select him with the top selection continues to pick up momentum. That notion was further reinforced Wednesday when Dan Patrick speculated as much on his radio show.

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. Making matters worse, the Bengals have posted four consecutive losing seasons, bottoming out with a 2-14 record in 2019 that landed them the top pick in question.

The Heisman Trophy winner, despite spending much of his formative years in Ohio, presumably feels he would be better served joining an organization further along in the rebuilding process and not mired in such longstanding postseason ineptitude.

“You know, you want to go No. 1 overall, but you also want to go to a great organization that’s committed to winning and committed to winning Super Bowls,” Burrow told Patrick in an interview last week.

Reflecting this week upon Burrow’s comments, Patrick laid out how they arguably speak volumes about his feelings toward the Bengals.

“If Joe Burrow really wanted to go to the Bengals, he would say ‘I hope they draft me. I want to go No. 1 and I want to bring that team back to the Super Bowl.’ If you’re all in on the Bengals, then it would sound like you’re all in on the Bengals,” Patrick said. “He’s keeping his options open here because I don’t know if he’s all-in on the Cincinnati Bengals.”

There have been numerous instances where a player, frequently a quarterback, made it clear ahead of the draft that he did not want to be selected by a certain team. John Elway and Eli Manning are perhaps the most notable examples.

Burrow has not gone to such extreme lengths yet, but nothing he has said or done has ruled it out at some point.