C.J. Stroud and Ja’Marr Chase showcased their skills at the 2024 Pro Bowl Games, demonstrating an impressive connection on the field. However, this does not necessarily indicate an imminent pairing in an actual NFL game.
During the Pro Bowl festivities, Stroud and Chase combined for a touchdown, highlighting the potential synergy between them. Reflecting on the moment, Chase expressed enthusiasm about the electrifying connection they shared.
Despite the promise of their collaboration, Chase clarified on X (formerly Twitter) that he is firmly committed to Joe Burrow as his quarterback. This loyalty stems from their time together at LSU, where they formed a strong bond.
Dime from Stroud to Ja'Marr to increase the AFC's lead 🎯
— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2024
In the 2023 season, Stroud emerged as the top rookie quarterback, leading the Houston Texans to success in the AFC South Division and securing a Wild Card Round playoff victory. His impressive stats included 4,108 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and five interceptions.
Meanwhile, Chase continued his consistent performance, surpassing 1,000 receiving yards for the third consecutive season. Despite Burrow’s absence for seven games and the Bengals narrowly missing the playoffs with a 9-8 record, Chase remained a key contributor to the team’s offense.
Ja’Marr to CJ Stroud and they connected for a TD in the Pro Bowl 😂 pic.twitter.com/HJ7AQIycuj
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 4, 2024
The longstanding partnership between Burrow and Chase has been fruitful, contributing to their success at LSU and their notable achievements with the Bengals, including a national championship and appearances in the Super Bowl and AFC title game.
With Chase under contract through the 2024 season and the likelihood of the Bengals exercising his fifth-year option for 2025, it’s improbable that he will join forces with Stroud outside of Pro Bowl exhibitions.
The Bengals’ intentions to extend Chase’s contract further suggest a continued allegiance to Burrow as their quarterback, solidifying the unlikelihood of a future collaboration with Stroud in regular NFL play.