With the trade deadline only two weeks away, the Cincinnati Bengals could end up shipping out a former first-round pick.
According to NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo, the Bengals were approached by John Ross about a potential trade. He reportedly told the front office that he needed a fresh start.
“Ross is frustrated with his lack of playing time particularly because he had a couple of 100-yard games early last season,” Garafolo said on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.
The Bengals have only played Ross three times this season. Considering that he was taken with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, that’s a disappointing return on the team’s investment.
From @gmfb: #Bengals WR John Ross approached the team about a trade recently. The speedster, in the last year of his rookie deal, hasn't been playing much of late and wants a fresh start if that's going to continue being the case. pic.twitter.com/0LbfY9ODb4
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 20, 2020
Cincinnati has plenty of depth at wide receivers, so trading away Ross wouldn’t really hurt rookie quarterback Joe Burrow.
Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green are a formidable duo at wideout, and Clemson product Tee Higgins is really starting to come into his own. He has 22 receptions for 339 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Perhaps a change of scenery will allow Ross to reach his full potential. In four seasons with the Bengals, the speedster has 51 receptions for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The trade deadline this year is on November 3. We’ll find out then if Ross will continue his career in Cincinnati, or find a new place to call home in the NFL.