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Eagles might be interested in trading for John Ross

Philly’s new deep threat?

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The Cincinnati Bengals are shopping speedy wide receiver John Ross, according to reports from Tony Pauline and Ian Rapoport.

Ross has been a massive bust since being selected with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In two seasons with the Bengals, he’s played in just 16 games and has been targeted 60 times for just 21 receptions and 210 yards. Oddly enough, he does have seven receiving touchdowns.

Cincy brought in a new coaching staff this season under Zac Taylor so it makes sense the Bengals are looking to move on from Ross.

So, the natural question is: should the Philadelphia Eagles have interest?

Before we answer that, I’d like to answer: Will the Philadelphia Eagles have interest? And while I can’t say for sure, I do recall the Eagles were showing a LOT of interest in Ross prior to the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Eagles had an official meeting with Ross at the NFL Combine, they attended his pro day, they put him through a private workout, and they brought him to Philadelphia for one of their top 30 prospects visits. In addition to all of this, there was a rumor that Ross was one of the five players the Eagles were targeting with the No. 14 overall pick. Ross was also one of the eight receiver prospects that the Eagles told Wentz to watch and give feedback on. In other words, the Eagles have done their homework on Ross.

In theory, Ross fits what the Eagles need in terms of a deep threat. One scout reportedly clocked Ross at a blazing 4.19 40-yard dash during the 2017 NFL Combine. Ross certainly hasn’t established himself at the NFL level but he’s only 24 years old and the potential could still exist.

Ross also makes sense for the Eagles from a financial perspective. Per Over The Cap, Ross has a $2 million base salary in 2019 and a $2.8 million base salary in 2020. Then the Eagles could exercise his fifth-year option in 2021 if they wanted to do so. For a cap-strapped team like Philly, Ross being cheap makes him even more attractive to them.

Of course, there’s the matter of what Ross would cost in a trade. Given his lack of NFL production, one would think it shouldn’t cost a ton. If the Eagles can take a shot on Ross at a bargain price, it could make sense to pull the trigger.

What say you? What’s the most you would give up for Ross?


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