The Eagles are going to be buyers, not sellers, at the NFL trade deadline if a recent CBS Sports report is true.
Cincinnati Bengals receiver John Ross is player they should have plenty of interest in acquiring.
Ross, according to an NFL Network report, is interested in being traded by the Bengals due to a lack of playing time. Ross has played just 19% of the snaps on offense for the Bengals this season, and has just seven targets in three games. Part of Ross’ lack of playing time is due to him being active Week 3, 4 and 5 this season.
Ross has had some success in the NFL despite playing for one of the worst teams in the league, pulling in 10 touchdowns in 27 games, and averaging 14.4 yards-per-reception on 51 catches. The 25-year old receiver holds the NFL Combine record for a 40-yard dash, running it in 4.22 seconds in 2017.
Ross makes a ton of sense for the Eagles.
The Eagles are in the market for young, speed receivers, and made it a priority to find some this offseason when they drafted Jalen Reagor, John Hightower and Quez Watkins. It is far too early to decide if any of them are going to be contributing players, so adding Ross to the mix as another chance at finding a legit deep threat makes sense.
Ross would being a nice combination of youth and upside to the group, while also bringing 27 games of NFL experience. Having Ross on the roster only increased the Eagles’ chances of finding a legit deep threat, and he would also be an immediate upgrade over players like J.J. Arcega-Whiteside or Hightower. It would also make more sense to give Ross snaps over players like Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson, who won’t be back in 2021.
Ross is in the final year of his deal, which could complicate things. He would also cost the Eagles a little over $1 million in cap space, which isn’t a small amount for a team that needs to save every penny it can for 2021.
If the Bengals are ready to move on from Ross for either a bottom-of-the-roster player, or a conditional seventh-round pick, however, getting him in the building for the final half of the season is a move the Eagles should strongly consider.
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