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Joe Burrow cleared up any perceived confusion as the NFL gathers for the Combine. Catch everything the quarterback said about potentially playing for the Bengals.

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Joe Burrow impresses at the 2020 NFL Combine
"What kind of pop up game does this guy got?" asked Taylor, holding the No. 1 pick Tuesday at the NFL scouting combine. "They take a hit and they lie on the ground. How quickly they get up. A lot of guys pride themselves in that and that is something you can see in him."

Quick Hits: Bengals unlikely to trade out of the No. 1 overall pick
"The narrative isn't correct. It's not built on fact. It was built on opinion, I guess," Tobin said. "The fact is, we're at the end of the CBA, we're trying to get a new CBA, but over the course of this past CBA we're a top half of the league spending team on players. Not at the bottom.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow said he would happily play for the Bengals if they take him
"Two hours, 15 minutes from my house," said Burrow, the Athens High School grad, during his media availability at the NFL scouting combine. "I could go home for dinner if I wanted to. Not a lot of pro athletes can get that."

Joe Burrow says he'd play for Bengals if picked No. 1
"I'm not going to not play," Burrow told a throng of reporters at the NFL combine on Tuesday morning inside the Indiana Convention Center. "I'm a ballplayer. Whoever takes me, I'm going to go show up."

Joe Burrow talks about whether he wants to play for Bengals
The LSU quarterback’s desire to play for Cincinnati, which holds the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, has been a topic the past couple weeks. It was a topic because Burrow hadn’t clearly stated whether he would be happy to play for the Bengals.

LSU QB Joe Burrow: 'I'll play for whoever drafts me'
"The only thing I've said is I didn't want to be presumptuous about the pick," Burrow said. "So, that's why I've been noncommittal, because I don't know what's going to happen. They might not pick me. They might fall in love with someone else. You guys kind of took that narrative and ran with it. There has never been anything like that from my end."

Joe Burrow tries to silence Bengals speculation at NFL combine
The second question, asked by a Bengals beat reporter, was the one everyone in the NFL world was waiting to hear the former LSU quarterback and prospective No. 1 pick answer: If the Bengals draft you No. 1, would you report to play for them?

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Despite Burrow's idle threats, which the QB downplayed on Tuesday, the Bengals select the Ohio native to be their new franchise quarterback.

Owners, NFLPA representatives conclude CBA meeting
Tuesday's meeting was attended by all eight members of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee, which negotiates on the owners' behalf, Pelissero reported. Multiple player representatives, including Richard Sherman, Russell Okung and Benjamin Watson, were also in attendance.

Pete Carroll excited by potential of Wilson-Olsen threat
"He can't help but make an impression about his smarts, his awareness and his resolve to be great and to do something great and be a part of something," Carroll said of Olsen. "He's just on a high level, so we're very fortunate to have him.

No 'decision yet' on Jameis Winston's Bucs' future
General manager Jason Licht, who also spoke Tuesday, indicated all options were open, as he did not rule out using the franchise tag on Winston, but also said they would explore free-agency options due to the collection of QB talent on the market. Drafting a quarterback is also a possibility, though Licht noted it would not be in the first round.