Should Seahawks Bring John Ross Back to the Pacific Northwest?

Nick Lee

With the team set to potentially launch a fire sale before the November 3 trade deadline, Bengals wideout John Ross has reportedly requested a trade away from Cincinnati in search of a "fresh start."

Ross took the league by storm coming from the Washington Huskies, where he totaled 1,150 receiving yards in 2016. Then, he set a new NFL Combine record for the 40-yard dash at 4.22 seconds, beating Chris Johnson's coveted mark. The Bengals selected him ninth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, believing they were adding a future star to couple with A.J. Green.

Unfortunately, injuries have plagued Ross' career in Cincy, as he has appeared in just 27 games over four years. This season, with No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow under center, Ross has fallen off the map in the Bengals' offensive game plan, losing out reps to young receivers such as Tee Higgins. He has been targeted seven times over the three games he has played in, with just two catches for 17 yards. 

Will the Seahawks be tempted by his elite speed? Should they bring him back to his college stomping grounds in the Pacific Northwest?

The first issue, of course, is price. Anything more than a seventh round pick or a swap of late picks should be scoffed at. Ross has been a massive disappointment given his high draft status. His best season was last year, when he caught 28 passes for 506 yards and three receiving touchdowns.

But fans may remember Week 1 last season when Ross torched Seattle for the best game of his entire career, with seven catches for 158 yards and two scores. Why not bring him back to that stadium where he had his best game ever?

Seattle was hoping to get top-tier speed from Phillip Dorsett but a foot injury landed him on injured reserve. He is eligible to come off of the list heading into Seattle's game against Arizona coming from the bye week and coach Pete Carroll indicated on Monday he's close to returning. If he is healthy, this move likely does not happen.

However, if the Seahawks have concerns about Dorsett's availability moving forward and don't expect Josh Gordon to be reinstated, they should absolutely look into making a small, low-cost deal for Ross' speedy services. Adding him to the mix with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett would gives defenses even more nightmares than they currently have. 

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer would have a field day with all the things he could implement with the track speed Ross brings to the table alongside the bevy of other weapons at quarterback Russell Wilson's disposal. Let's be clear - this would be a trade for upside and potential - hoping to catch lightning in a bottle and nothing more than that.

Of course, the kicker is if Cincinnati is being unrealistic about price or if Seattle is worried that his injury history will continue to be a problem. At the same time, if the Seahawks feel like rolling the dice and don't have to give up much to get him, Ross has the ability to be absolutely electric and he has never been part of such a talented offense since being drafted four years ago, so it may be worth taking a look at.

Comments (8)
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QuisCustodes
QuisCustodes

No

Jesusshuttlesworth
Jesusshuttlesworth

Yes

ryannabors
ryannabors

yes bring him back to the northwest

lil sav
lil sav

take him

lil sav
lil sav

give him to us

lil sav
lil sav

booooooooooooooooooooooo

JML TOO
JML TOO

How is Ross in the locker room? If he can't get a lot of snaps, how he gets along with his team mates becomes key.

The Tez
The Tez

He had his best career game by far BC Sea was playing base 43 D against 3 WR sets, frequently matching LBs or S up on an athletic WR with that kind of timed (play speed doesn't appear that close to 4.22, more like 4.40-4.45 range). If Cin wants to trade him for a low level PS guy or cuts him, then fine. Otherwise I don't think it's wise to invest the very limited draft capital Sea has, the 1 R pick rook deal cap hit & roster spot on WR that hasn't produced well & can't stay healthy for a pos group that already as good starters & seemingly adequate if not good depth through even the PS level.

Plus 2021 FA looks to have many potential options at various cost & ability levels. Then there's the 2021 draft, it looks to have darn good & fairly deep WR class. If Auburn WR Seth Williams runs at least a 4.58 or better 40 yard, has above avg to good 10 yard & 20 yard splits for his size, 34"+ vertical & 115"+ broad jumps, a sub 7.00 3 cone time, solid short shuttle time for size, has at least about avg size hands & arm length... ideally (without being a DK or Andre Johnson crazy type athlete for size) for guy Williams size of 6'2" 225 lbs for Sea scheme needs, he runs a 4.45-4.52 40 yard, 1.58-1.65 10 yard & 2.58-2.70 20 yard splits, 36-40" vertical & 118-128" broad jumps, 6.80-6.95 3.cone time, 4.00-4.25 short shuttle, low end 9.25-9.50" preferably 9.66-10.25" hand size with 32.33-34.33" arm length (these are relevant measurables for NFL WR success, fitting into Sea passing scheme, getting most from his & RW skill sets & style of play, offering a large catch radius & big secure hands for inclement weather, physical & tight coverage/contested & jump ball passes). His style of play, ability, talent, consistent playmaking ability especially when team is counting on him whether deep ball play or getting necessary yardage for 1st down/get into FG range & getting out of bounds to stop the clock, he fits what Sea & RW like to do to a T (as long as has just good enough deep speed, acceleration & agility for size), add definitely lacking size for current 2021 roster at WR, a guy who's consistently stepped up & made plays as well as plays well in general, i.e. seems pretty reliable, and essentially would combine best aspects & abilities of David Moore & Josh Gordon (Seth Williams reminds me a bit of Keenan Allen) into 1 complete player. Outside of Jamar Chase, I don't think there's a better fitting & proven WR for Sea in the draft. There's other more pressing positions Sea needs to or may need to address with young, good quality talent, but if right players aren't avail when Sea picks, or if Seth Williams falls into mid 3 R, he'd be worthwhile to draft (trading 2021 4 R, 2022 4 or maybe 3 R, plus maybe a little more to move up into 3 R to get him). Should make for awesome 6'2"+ 225+ lbs dual monsters with DK along with TL & Swain being the smallish quick, agile WRs stitching DBs up inside & out at all 3 levels of the field, on top of TEs & RBs. There's also quite a few of smallish Lockett & Dorsett types, classic slot types & avg essentially balanced type WRs with a handful of taller wirey/lanky type & bit more well built type WRs in the draft. So outside of signing Ross to a FA vet minimum deal likely to the PS initially, it makes little sense to add him for 2020 or beyond.


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