The Cincinnati Bengals hold the fifth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and contrary to recent rumors, quarterback Joe Burrow isn’t insisting that the team reunite him with his former LSU teammate Ja’Marr Chase.
It’d make sense for Burrow to lobby Cincinnati for his favorite target from college, especially since Chase is among the best receiver prospects in recent draft history. However, the Bengals are coming off a 4-11-1 season and have a decent receiving corps in place already, which may lead to a different first-round draft pick.
Pro Football Network’s Trey Wingo reported a text message exchange he had with someone in the Bengals organization, which suggested that Burrow isn’t pining for Chase:
"I can tell you that I got a text today from a member of the Bengals coaching staff that said, ‘I’ve seen that out there. Not sure where that came from. That’s not Joe, that’s not how he is at all. He gives us great intel on LSU guys but is respectful of his role as a player and ours as coaches and scouts.'"
The links between Burrow and Chase are obvious, of course, but the precocious signal-caller fared extremely well as a rookie even with fellow classmate Tee Higgins and an aging A.J. Green among his top receiving options. Higgins had a stellar 2020 campaign, and Tyler Boyd developed a strong rapport with Burrow.