If the price is right, the Green Bay Packers should be part of the teams who learn about an exchange for Cincinnati Bengals receiver John Ross.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Bengals place Ross in the trade before the NFL combo.
As always, the interest of packers should be on costs. If the Bengals are willing to part with Ross for a sixth-round pick or an exchange of draft picks in the middle of the rounds, the Packers should participate in the opportunity to add a talented player at a reduced price. It's a list-making strategy that New England has mastered, and you can bet the Patriots will be involved if the price of Ross goes down.
Is Ross OK for Green Bay? It's hard to decipher with a new head coach and a new player in town, but previous offenses involving LaFleur included quick field extension options like Ross, who ran the 40-yard throw in 4.22 seconds. from Washington in 2017. Sean McVay traded for Brandin Cooks. Kyle Shanahan made the most of speedsters like Marquise Goodwin, Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins. The speed at the receiver is an important part of the offense, and no one is faster than Ross.
Obviously, there are red flags here, which is why the Bengals sell in the first place. Ross has been an extremely inefficient target and has a long history of college-related injuries. He did not manage to exceed three games as a rookie and managed to carry only 21 of the 58 targets last season.
However, Ross can stretch the terrain vertically and run horizontally half-turns. It is potentially dangerous on fast passes and bubble screens. He was actually productive in the red zone, scoring five of his seven goals in the 20-yard line last season. He even has potential experience and value in the slot, where the Packers have an urgent need.
Perhaps a change of scenery, a new quarter and a new offense could revive Ross as a revolutionary playmaker. Maybe not, but it's probably worth discovering.
If it was traded, the Ross cap would be less than $ 3 million each of the next two seasons, although wages were guaranteed for both seasons.
Again, any interest here would cost. Do not risk a choice in the first four rounds may not interest the Packers GM, Brian Gutekunst, who has to restore its alignment to several key positions. But 10 selections, including an additional sixth round via Brett Hundley last August, offer options to Gutekunst if a low risk opportunity, such as Ross' addition, becomes available.
Imagine the Packers transforming Brett Hundley into John Ross, a former first-round pick with a runway star speed and the need for a fresh start. If the Bengals are motivated to sell, the Packers should be ready to start as a potential buyer.