Report: Bengals staffer says Joe Burrow not lobbying for team to draft Ja'Marr Chase
As the NFL Draft inches closer, there is a lot of talk of Ja’Marr Chase reuniting with his former quarterback.
After LSU’s Pro Day, Chase said that he wouldn’t mind going from being a Bayou Bengal to a Cincinnati Bengal.
Ja’Marr Chase says he’s talked to the Bengals.
“I wouldn’t mind going back with Joe (Burrow),” says they’ve already built a chemistry.
— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) March 31, 2021
Apparently, there has been some speculation that Burrow is “lobbying” the club to draft his former LSU teammate with the No. 5 overall pick. According to a Bengals staffer, Burrow doesn’t “lobby” and respects the decision-makers. Former ESPN analyst Trey Wingo, now with the Pro Football Network, relayed a message from a Bengals staffer.
“You’ve heard a lot this week about Joe Burrow potentially lobbying for Ja’Marr Chase,” Wingo said. “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.’”
Burrow was LSU’s starting quarterback for both of Chase’s seasons with the Tigers. In 24 games at LSU, Chase caught 107 passes for 2,093 yards and 23 touchdowns.
We’ll see what Cincinnati does with the No. 5 pick on April 29.