John Ross confirms he wants the Bengals to trade him

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John Ross wants out of Cincinnati.

A report 10 days ago indicted that, and the Bengals receiver confirmed it on social media Friday.

“It’s not a secret that I have requested a trade,” Ross wrote. “Trade me if this how y’all feel. I’m healthy and eager to play. I know I can be productive. It’s hard to love something when your (sic) not actually participating in it. Believe me, its (sic) not football that I don’t like.”

Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Bengals have called other teams, shopping Ross. The trade deadline is Tuesday.

The Bengals traded pass rusher Carlos Dunlap to the Seahawks earlier this week after he requested a trade. It was the Bengals’ first in-season trade since they dealt the “retired” Carson Palmer in 2012, according to Paul Dehner Jr. of TheAthletic.com.

Ross, 25, played 55 snaps in the season opener but has played only 29 snaps since. He has appeared in only 27 games with 20 starts since the Bengals selected Ross with the ninth overall choice in 2017.

Ross has 51 catches for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career.

17 responses to “John Ross confirms he wants the Bengals to trade him

  1. Ross hasn’t lived up to expectations, but I don’t like how players are just walking out on this team. Last year offensive linemen abruptly retired and now these latest events are making me feel uneasy about coach taylor.

  2. Trade him? Hell. If they cut him he wouldn’t be picked up immediately. Who does this dude think he is?

  3. Whichever team that would trade for him would owe him the balance of his ~$2.8M salary. That’s not going to happen. The guy has zero trade value. None. When you can’t even play for the Bengals that means you’re really bad.

  4. I don’t know, if I’m a team with a shot at the playoffs with poor WR depth (Pats, Eagles, Saints, Packers come to mind immediately), I’ll take a flyer on trading a late round pick or a practice squad guy. He’s got first round draft capital and played for a dumpster fire franchise. Who knows, maybe he thrives in a different situation. Not saying he will, just that it’s a worthy low risk move

  5. Number nine in the 2017 draft? Hmm seems like there was a pretty good player taken somewhere right around that pick…

  6. He’s got tremendous speed. He’s be perfect for a contening team with no breakaway speed threat. Patriots?… Bears? But no one’s gonna want to pay 2.8 million; they’ll wait and try pick him up on waivers

  7. Zac Taylor is trying to change a culture. buts are gonna get hurt, especially some vets that don’t like the new system. Its obvious, they are going young and if you don’t preform, your salary don’t matter. I read many of the young players love this staff and program. It will take time.

  8. Why cut him when a supplemental pick is coming the bengals way in April? Probably be a 6th and that is what they are probably hiking out for. Why trade him if they can’t at least get that? This guy can cry all he wants but he’s done this to himself. Two coaching staffs that have no use for a guy who can run fast, can’t catch, can’t run routes and can’t stay healthy.

  9. Zac Taylor already changed the culture. The culture is now one in which losing is expected; there is no coherent strategy for personnel, in-game playcalling, or building for the future; and cronyism takes the place of competition when it comes to all hiring decisions. I was skeptical the moment Taylor fired Frank Pollack to bring in Jim Turner, and everything he has said and done since then has merely cemented that.
    In Marin Lewis’ worst season, his team earned the #4 overall pick. In 2011, with a young roster, rookie quarterback, and no offseason workouts (which should sound like a familiar situation), Marvin Lewis took a team expected to be the worst in the NFL to a 9-7 record and wildcard spot. I’m legitimately curious what evidence you’ve seen in the last two years to suggest Zac Taylor has the potential to even match that, let alone do better, since that was the reason Marvin was fired anyway.

    vottorific says:
    October 30, 2020 at 10:12 pm
    Zac Taylor is trying to change a culture. buts are gonna get hurt, especially some vets that don’t like the new system. Its obvious, they are going young and if you don’t preform, your salary don’t matter. I read many of the young players love this staff and program. It will take time.

  10. I didn’t particularly care for Marvin Lewis and I was skeptical when they hired him because the Bengals had been awful for nearly a decade. He did a great job with a crummy team/organization. I thought it was a mistake to let him go but I understand why they did. Now it’s back to the basement for the Bengals. I’m not sure how Marvin worked his miracles but he made them respectable for a number of years in spite of their Dollar General owner.

  11. The myth that this guy is some speed demon needs to be put to rest. I wonder how many commenters have ever actually watched him play? As a long-suffering Bengals fan, I can count the number of times he got behind the coverage in 4 years on one hand, and he has such bricks for hands that it didn’t matter when he did. He’s not even fast enough in game to use to take the top off the D. A fast 40 at the combine does not equal game speed.

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