Mobile, Ala. – Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin gathered with the Cincinnati scribes Wednesday morning before the club’s coaches sent the South team through its paces here at the Senior Bowl. After all the gags about not caring if a certain quarterback likes Skyline Chili or not, he reiterated the Bengals are impressed with said quarterback but they’re also looking at other players to potentially take with the NFL Draft’s overall No. 1 pick.
Tobin also said it remains to be seen what happens with quarterback Andy Dalton and ruled out nothing with the incumbent franchise quarterback, meaning he could be a starter or a bridge guy if that pick is indeed LSU quarterback Joe Burrow.
Plus, Tobin acknowledged the Bengals are looking at unrestricted free agents but indicated they won’t get out of their comfort zone.
“You don’t want to force it,” Tobin said.
He also is adamant that the plan isn’t for franchise great A.J. Green to play in another team’s uniform despite his impending free agent status and cited how much Green has meant to them on and off the field. And with running back Joe Mixon eligible for an extension this offseason, he said the club plans to discuss his situation.
– On Burrow, he’s extremely impressed. This is how much: “Normally you get a game where you say, “Gee, why weren’t you too good?’ There’s not a lot of that. You almost have to go back to a whole different season to start finding things to at least question … We’ve got a lot to do on getting a fit for that first pick and he’ll be one we’re discussing for sure. There’ll be some others.”