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Joe Burrow declines Senior Bowl invite

The hopefully-soon-to-be Bengal will wait until the combine to meet with his future team.

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Just days after winning the National Championship, Joe Burrow is now fully focused on the NFL Draft. Unfortunately for the Bengals, that doesn’t include making a trip to the Senior Bowl.

Burrow has decided to decline his invite to participate in the Senior Bowl, per Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy.

Very rarely is the consensus favorite to go first-overall a redshirt senior, and it’s equally rare to see that same player partake in the Senior Bowl.

Burrow’s situation does not in any way require him to go down to Mobile, since his draft stock is already as high as it can possibly get. Even if he were to accept, him playing would be highly unlike since he suffered torn rib cartilage in his final game.

The upside for Burrow attending would’ve been for him to get aquatinted with the Bengals’ coaching staff for the first time, but he’ll have plenty of time to do that at the scouting combine and the weeks afterwards. Now, the Bengals will get to evaluate the other quarterbacks who could get drafted by other teams, along with several other players they could target in April’s draft.