Is Joe Burrow going to pull an Eli Manning?

The media has paired up Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals ever since the Bengals clinched the no. 1 draft pick. But Burrow might have other ideas.

On Monday, Burrow answered very carefully when Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram asked him if he wanted to play for the Bengals. “If they select me, they select me, I’m going to do everything in my power to be the best football player I can be.”

At the same dinner, former no. 1 pick Steve Bartkowski reportedly told Burrow’s family they should “pull an Eli Manning.” In the lead-up to the 2004 draft, Manning’s representatives told the San Diego Chargers, who had the top pick, that Manning did not want to play for them. The Chargers drafted Manning and traded him to the Giants.

Burrow is also training with quarterbacks coach Jordan Palmer, the younger brother of Carson Palmer, who was drafted no. 1 by the Bengals in 2003. Palmer’s time with the team went so poorly that he threatened to retire after just seven seasons. Palmer has since said that he felt the team wasn’t “committed to winning a Super Bowl.”

When asked if he wanted to go no. 1 or play for the right team, Burrow said, “It’s a combination of both. You want to go no.1, but you also want to go to a great organization that is committed to winning Super Bowls.”


-Intern James