Here’s an idea for the Seattle Seahawks to return to greatness at wide receiver.
If greatness isn’t the right word, then at least competitive. According to ProFootballTalk, the Cincinnati Bengals declined the fifth-year option on wide receiver John Ross, who was taken with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Ross was taken in part to his speed. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.22-second, 40-yard dash. However, he has caught just 49 passes in three years, and has fallen to the fifth option on the depth chart behind Auden Tate and Tee Higgins.
Furthermore, Ross is not going to be a Bengal for very long, so Cincy needs to cash in on receiving some sort of value in return.
Full list of players to run a faster 40-yard dash at the combine than John Ross:pic.twitter.com/3T0TYhDAXo
— PFF (@PFF) February 22, 2020
Of course, Ross would not be the top target with Seattle. The team has DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but he would give Russell Wilson a target downfield. It would also give him an environment close to home. He is a California native who played at Washington.
It would cost the Seahawks just a sixth-round pick to pry Ross off the Bengals’ hands. That would allow the Bengals to use another pick on improving the offense or defense in what looks to be a long rebuild.
Last season, Ross caught 28 passes for 506 yards and three touchdowns. In 2018, Ross caught just 21 passes, but scored seven touchdowns. There is potential. It’s just a matter of who is going to unlock it.
Maybe, that’s Seattle.