John Ross

4 Most Likely Trade Destinations for John Ross

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Surely when the Cincinnati Bengals selected wide receiver John Ross with the No. 9 overall pick  in 2017, they were not expecting to trade him just two years later, but such is life in the Bengals organization.  

Ross has failed to live up to expectations and it looks like the AFC North team is reportedly looking to deal him ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft. The speedy wide receiver showed some flashes last season, turning 7 of his 21 receptions into touchdowns, so perhaps one of these four teams in need of some speed will make a deal for him.

4. Cleveland Browns

An AFC North neighbor could be interested in acquiring John Ross's services, though trading in the division is always tough. The Browns are in need of a downfield threat to help take the attention off their Pro-Bowl slot man Jarvis Landry. Considering how much the Browns have invested in young quarterback Baker Mayfield, it is tough to imagine them not looking for some more big play receivers for him. It may cost them more, but perhaps they're willing to offer more to land Ross. 

3. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers did not have the 2018 season they were anticipating when they inked a long-term deal with Jimmy Garoppolo. They managed to scrape together a respectable campaign last season after Garoppolo went down for the season, capped off with a late-season victory over Seattle.

While speedster Marquise Goodwin remains on the roster, the wide out only snagged 6 touchdowns over the past two seasons, so the 49ers may look to add Ross's first-round pedigree and big-play capabilities at a discount.

2. Tennessee Titans

The Titans have a lot to look forward to next year if Derrick Henry can continue to pick up yards and scores like he did during his torrid stretch at the end of 2018. This being said, the Titans would be wise to add some speed on the outside. They currently are projecting to start the trio of Tajae Sharpe, Taywan Taylor and Corey Davis, who only combined for 7 touchdowns and 1,673 receiving yards in 2018. 

1. Oakland Raiders

"Former 1st-round draft pick, fast and troubled wide receiver, acquired by Oakland Raiders" - stop me if you have heard this one before. 

Ross and his 4.22-second 40-yard dash are a match made in heaven for the Raiders. While Jon Gruden needs a lot of pieces, wide receiver has to be a high priority for him, especially after dealing Amari Cooper during the 2018 season. 

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