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The Eagles should trade for John Ross

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 26, 2019 - 2:05 pm

The Eagles will be in Indianapolis this week for the NFL Combine, hoping to find a number of different players to help the needs their roster currently has. One of the top needs is a deep threat, and an intriguing name might be available to them via trade. 

According to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com, the Cincinnati Bengals are interested in trading receiver John Ross, and will field offers for the receiver during the Combine this week. 

Ross was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Bengals. He has been a disappointment with the Bengals, totaling just 21 catches in two seasons for 210 yards and seven touchdowns. Considered a deep threat coming out of Washington, and setting a Combine record with a 40-yard dash time of 4.22 seconds, Ross is averaging just 10.0 yards per reception in his career. 

Despite his slow start, however, there is plenty of reason to believe the Eagles will be interested and they would be wise to make a move for the speedy receiver.

Without question the Eagles' biggest need on offense is speed. Their best deep threat last season was Jordan Matthews, and their attempts to solve the issue through the draft and free agency -- Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith, Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson -- have not worked. Adding a deep threat this offseason has to be near the top of their list of things to do if they want to have a better offense in 2019 than they did for the majority of 2018.  

Ross could be an excellent low-risk, high-reward option. The Eagles had plenty of interest in Ross coming out of Washington, as they brought him in for an official visit to Philadelphia and worked him out at his Pro Day. Ross was a dynamic player during his final year in college, totaling 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 toudhdowns. He averaged 14.2 yards-per-catch. 

The question is how much did Ross' struggles with the Bengals change the Eagles' opinion. On one hand, the Bengals have been a disaster over the last two seasons, so it is possible that Ross' struggles have more to do with being in Cinncinati as opposed to being a bad player. With a boring offense and a terrible quarterback, it isn't surprising Ross has struggled there. There is no denying, however, that just 21 catches in 16 games is concerning, especially when you consider they have mostly been for short gains. 

The asking price on Ross could end up deciding if the Eagles are interested and if a deal gets done. With a cap hit of just $2 million this year, bringing in Ross and seeing if he can turn things around in the Eagles' offense makes a ton of sense, especially if it will only take a low-round pick or role player in return. With two fourth-round picks, perhaps the Eagles will decide taking a chance on Ross is better than taking a chance on a fourth-round rookie. 

If they do, it will be a wise decision and a risk worth taking. 

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