Regardless of Joe Burrow wanting — or not wanting — to play for the Bengals, another team needs to consider trading up to the No. 1 overall pick to the 2020 NFL Draft to take him.

In a league where a top-flight quarterback on his rookie contract is one of the most favorable paths to winning a Super Bowl, let's hope some teams consider getting aggressive on Burrow, who is coming off the greatest passing season in college football history.

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Although there's no guarantee Burrow can have an elite young spike like Patrick Mahomes did to lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory, the belief that he can is all that matters. Mahomes quickly emerged as a special talent, but a big reason for him reaching the summit of team success in Year 3 was being drafted by a consistent playoff team with a good offensive support system and salary cap space to upgrade key defensive positions.

Should Burrow go first off the board to Cincinnati, he would go to a team with average cap space and plenty of work to do to build a championship-caliber roster around him. There are several other teams positioned better to take ad

vantage of such a promising asset at the game's most important position.

If the Bengals think Burrow is a generational talent themselves and are committing to excel around him, that's one thing. The other is realizing they could benefit from stockpiling picks and still end up with a rookie franchise quarterback with upside.

Here's looking at five teams that need to be willing to make the Bengals an offer they can't refuse:

1) Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders saw their archrival Chiefs just hoist the Lombardi Trophy with Mahomes. They also have stirred up rumors or interest in pending free agent Tom Brady, should he leave the Patriots.

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock are their personnel braintrust and, from their combined recent years in television analysis, should know how important rookie quarterback deals are in providing roster construction flexibility. Although Derek Carr is coming off a high-floor season, his ceiling remains limited to above-average.

The Raiders have two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 19 overall) that are a good starting point for a deal. They're also sitting on about $55 million in salary cap space. After a good offseason of personnel changes in 2019, Gruden and Mayock don't need much to make a team that improved from 4-12 to 7-9 in 2019 to become a true playoff contender. Burrow can be the piece to push them over the top.

2) Carolina Panthers

The Panthers are flipping the page to the Matt Rhule era without Luke Kuechly, Greg Olsen and, perhaps, Cam Newton. Given the high expectations of owner David Tepper, they shouldn't be settling for a long rebuild with running back Christian McCaffrey as the centerpiece.

Moving on from Newton would free up $19 million in cap space, giving the team about $51 million. Carolina also employs new offensive coordinator Joe Brady, who had a whole lot to do with Burrow playing at such a high Heisman level at LSU. The Panthers already may be in the market for a quarterback at No. 7 overall. Going after Burrow will require an ample package of picks, including first-rounders over two years. But with Brady, they should have a little more confidence about Burrow's pro promise than other teams.

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3) Los Angeles Chargers

The Raiders would need a little help to make a Burrow move worth it. The Panthers would need considerably more around Burrow to make it work in the short term. The Chargers, moving on from Philip Rivers, are ready to win big again now, only one season removed from matching the Chiefs' 12-4 season in 2018.

They have a great receiving corps with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and tight end Hunter Henry, a priority re-sign as a free agent. They're more than OK with Austin Ekeler in the backfield should they let Melvin Gordon walk as expected. The Chargers also have a sound defense up front and on the back end, just needing a little more help at linebacker. They are armed with the No. 6 overall pick and may not be totally sold on Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon's Justin Herbert.

The Chargers famously weren't the preferred destination for Eli Manning 16 years ago at No. 1 in the draft. Not long after they took him, they traded him for Rivers. There's plenty of appeal for a young quarterback in L.A. with Anthony Lynn and Shane Steichen, especially with a talented, established roster to inherit.

4) Indianapolis Colts

We're not including the Dolphins, whose three-first round picks are hard to move. They may also be just fine with Tagovailoa at No. 5, with some sort of bridge quarterback plan (Ryan Fitzpatrick or otherwise) for 2020. The Colts, however, can be filed under the Chargers, a 10-6 playoff team from 2018 that slipped to 7-9 because of injuries and offensive limitations post-Andrew Luck.

The Colts did give Jacoby Brissett a two-year, $30 million deal to keep him as a veteran option, but he's unsigned after 2020. The Colts hold the No. 13 pick, as well as No. 34 and No. 44 in the second round. They also are sitting on some $86 million in cap space, only behind the Dolphins.

Trading up for Burrow, backed up by some aggressive spending to upgrade at positions such as wide receiver (Amari Cooper?) and defensive tackle (Chris Jones?) could easily push Indianapolis back to AFC South favorite status in a topsy-turvy division. The Colts can also return to the short list of conference contenders. If GM Chris Ballard can take a page out of former Chiefs colleague Brett Veach's book, he can get Indy back in the conversation with KC — to whom it lost in the divisional playoffs a little over a year ago.

5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive-minded coach Bruce Arians seems lukewarm on re-signing Jameis Winston. There's a good chance then the Bucs could get on the quarterback draft run by staying put at No. 14 overall. But they can help Arians simply hand-pick his guy. Burrow is the kind of quarterback he loves: a fearless downfield thrower who would mesh well with wideouts Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Breshad Perriman (who has a good chance to be re-signed).

The Bucs' next picks are No. 45 and No. 76. Thanks to a much-improved defense with Todd Bowles and plenty of established weapons for Arians' offense, they are sneakily the most dangerous team to wrestle NFC South supremacy from the Saints after improving to 7-9. They are also sitting on nearly $80 million in salary cap space, allowing them to upgrade in multiple spots in anticipation of adding Burrow.

The most likely scenario remains the Bengals keeping the No.1 pick and taking Burrow — either because they love him or the pick packages they would get in return for trading him. But these five other teams should at least heavily explore the option of taking Burrow off their hands.