However, this is a problem that many NFL teams are facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That has prevented teams from bringing in players to team facilities to conduct physicals before signing rookie contracts.
According to Albert Breer of MMQB, only 60 of this year’s 255 draft picks have signed their rookie deals, and just three of them are first-round picks. Breer noted that at this point last year, 222 of 254 draft picks had signed, including the majority of Cincinnati’s 2019 class.
And for the time being, NFL players won’t be back at their facilities until it’s time to report for training camp in July. That means we likely won’t see No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow sign his first NFL contract until later next month.
That hasn’t, however, prevented Burrow from trying to set up workouts with his teammates.
“We’re just trying to figure out where and when. Soon,” Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate recently told Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “He’s (Burrow) real cool. He’s real assertive. He talks up. He’s not a normal rookie that comes in kind of shy. He comes in real sure of who he is. You can see his confidence.”
It’s unfortunate that essentially the entire offseason has been wiped out as a new era of Bengals football is underway, but hopefully, it won’t affect the team’s ability to reach its full potential for the 2020 season.