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Bengals not trading No. 1 pick, per report

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It’s happening.

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It may only be January, but the Bengals already appear committed to taking Joe Burrow with the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Seemingly the only thing that could have deterred that was Cincinnati receiving a trade offer they simply could not refuse.

But even if the godfather offers come, it sounds like the Bengals will refuse any trade and keep the No. 1 pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

This comes amid mounting speculation that the Panthers and other teams will attempt to trade up for the top pick.

With former LSU assistant Joe Brady taking over as the Carolina offensive coordinator, there has been mounting speculation that the Panthers are plotting to move up to the No. 1 pick to draft Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.

But any speculation involving Carolina, Miami or any other quarterback-interested team should be quickly dispelled, because the Bengals have no intention of trading away the No. 1 draft pick, league sources familiar with the situation tell ESPN.

Cincinnati plans to stay right where it is, according to sources, and presumably fill the biggest need on its roster — quarterback. The Bengals, in the opinion of many, cannot pass on a potential franchise quarterback in Burrow, whose father already has said his son has no qualms about going to Cincinnati.