Don’t look, Dolphins fans…This one is going to hurt.
Back during the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick and just under two years later, the Bengals are set to play the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.
There is another AFC team that has been looking for a franchise and tried their hardest to make it happen. According to a report from NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Miami Dolphins, who haven’t found a franchise QB since Dan Marino retired, made a blockbuster trade offer for the No. 1 overall pick in 2020.
As you know, the Bengals politiely said no.
“What would the price have been? Sources say Miami was willing to trade all three No. 1 picks it had in 2020 — including the No. 5 pick that wound up being Tua Tagovailoa — and potentially more,” Rapoport wrote for NFL.com. “There was not a consensus on what it would take, just that Miami wanted to try. The Bengals made sure it wasn’t a thing.
“Owner Stephen Ross was among the voices pushing hardest for the trade, according to sources. In the end, the Bengals never considered it. They selected Burrow, and the rest will live in Bengals history.”
The Bengals and the Chiefs are set to play in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, while the Dolphins finished a 9-8 season and fired their head coach.
The franchise has only qualified for the playoffs just twice since 2002.