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Eagles sign WR John Ross to 1-year deal

Field Level Media

May 23, 2024 at 5:08 pm.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed former first-round pick John Ross to a one-year deal Thursday as the wide receiver attempts to make an NFL comeback.

Perhaps best known for being selected one pick ahead of Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft, Ross took part in a tryout for the Eagles at a rookie minicamp last month.

The speedy wide receiver initially retired prior to training camp last season with the Kansas City Chiefs and has not played in a game since 2021.

The ninth overall pick in 2017 by the Cincinnati Bengals, Ross’ high selection was partly due to running the then-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.22 seconds) in NFL Scouting Combine history.

Production didn’t follow as Ross caught just 51 passes for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns in 27 games (20 starts) over four seasons with the Bengals.

Ross requested a trade during the 2020 season that didn’t come to fruition and later sustained a season-ending foot injury. He played in just three games that season.

In 2021, Ross played in 10 games (one start) for the New York Giants and caught 11 passes for 224 yards and one score.

He joins a Philadelphia receiver room anchored by All-Pro A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith that also includes Parris Campbell, Britain Covey, Shaquan Davis, Jacob Harris, Joseph Ngata, Ainias Smith, Austin Watkins Jr. and Johnny Wilson.

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