Before the 2020 NFL Draft, a litany of articles popped up that questioned whether or not the Cincinnati Bengals would build a Super Bowl-caliber team around quarterback Joe Burrow.

A lot of those articles came from former Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer talking about Cincinnati not wanting to win.

From Fox 19:

That’s why I wanted out: I never felt like the (Bengals’) organization was really trying to win a Super Bowl, and really chasing the Super Bowl,” Palmer said. “Because that’s what today’s day and age is. The game today is you can’t just hope you draft well and not go after free agents and you just end up in the Super Bowl. You gotta go get it.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) scrambles out of the pocket in the first quarter of the NFL Week 7 game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. The Bengals led 13-10 at halftime.
Cincinnati Bengals At Baltimore Ravens Week 7

Two years after drafting Burrow, the Bengals reached the Super Bowl. And after they lost the Super Bowl, they spent big money in free agency to make sure Burrow would be better protected in 2022.

That seemingly disproves the idea that Cincinnati isn’t committed to winning.

But it hasn’t stopped the national media from putting another narrative out there that the Bengals won’t spend money.

Specifically, the national media is trying to suggest that Cincinnati might not extend Burrow.

“Joe Burrow will undoubtedly be a candidate for a mega-extension after his third NFL season. The quarterback market could be well above $250 million by then,” wrote ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler this week. “Bengals owner Mike Brown is considered among the most conservative owners in the NFL. Will he want to write a check for a large portion of that deal up front to the league? Perhaps, but it’s a question some people in the league are asking.”

I don’t think you’re going to find many people — if any — that actually think the Bengals are going to let Burrow walk in free agency. The only way that happens is if Burrow’s career takes a 180 and starts heading in the other direction.

The Bengals aren’t going to let a potential Hall of Fame quarterback leave in free agency. They’re going to sign him to an extension — just like they did with Palmer in 2005.

I guess some people in the media just aren’t comfortable with the Bengals being a Super Bowl contender.

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