Bengals’ John Ross Requests Trade

After playing just one snap on Sunday, Bengals wide receiver John Ross is seeking a fresh start. This week, agent Brad Cicala went to the team officials to request a trade, Mike Garafolo of (on Twitter) hears. 

Ross was a healthy scratch for much of the season leading up to Sunday’s game. The Bengals didn’t make any promises after talking to his agent, but they’ve got a couple of weeks to explore options before the Nov. 3 deadline.

Ross, the former No. 9 overall pick in the draft, has yet to turn his speed into pro success. Health has played a big part in Ross’ struggles – due to various injuries and his inability to impress then-head coach Marvin Lewis, Ross played in just one game as a rookie. Though he started ten games in 2018, he managed only 21 catches for 210 yards, a disappointment in terms of both overall output and yards-per-catch average. Then, after a hot start to 2019, he missed another eight games due to injury.

In three pro seasons-and-change, Ross has played a grand total of 26 games. At times, when healthy and on the field, he’s dazzled. Ross looked like a monster in the making after is Week 1 performance against the Seahawks last year, going off for seven catches, 158 yards, and two scores. In Week 2 against the 49ers, he topped 100 yards once again, and he did it with just four receptions. After that, Ross missed all of October and November due to injury and did not post another 100-yard game.

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18 comments on “Bengals’ John Ross Requests Trade

  1. mstockw1

    New England should be all over this one… Cam needs a burner. I’m a Bills fan tho so don’t. Lol

    • Oooof

      If you didn’t know one was a first round pick and one was undrafted, would you have any reason to think Ross is a better burner in the NFL than Damiere Byrd? Maybe Ross just needs a change of scenery, but he makes some awful mistakes. He might just not be any good.

      • mstockw1

        @Oooof, which is why he would likely come cheap and therefore… why not have both lol

    • mikedickinson

      Yeah, this seems like a Pats for a late round pick kinda move. Their wideouts are horrible, but Ross would get some run to see if there’s anything there.

  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    They could combine several articles into one under the headline, “Those playing professional football in Ohio are unhappy.”

  3. bootyboy

    First Geno Atkins and now Ross. Who’s next Burrow lol. #ROSSTOTHEPACKERS

  4. letmeclearmythroat74

    Ross is fast !!! He just can’t seem to combine running with catching.

  5. letmeclearmythroat74

    I have seen enough of Zack Taylor. Let’s get a real coach that is respected in the league

  6. VampWeekAtBern

    It’s going to suck to lose him if the Bengals are trying to tank. Yes, he’s fast, but he’s not getting any faster. He’s not good at creating separation, has average hands (maybe below?), and isn’t worth anything in blocking. If the Bengals had a good Kelce-type tight end, he might be worth something, but he’s not worth anything to them in the meantime.

  7. MileHighFan

    There’s more to being an NFL receiver than just being able to run fast.

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