Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin told reporters on Wednesday that they haven’t had any talks about trading WR John Ross, despite the recent reports.
“We have had no internal or external discussions about John Ross,” Tobin said, per Sal Capaccio. “That is right out of the ‘ready, aim, shoot’ school of journalism. Not sure where that came from. That is not in our plans. You could call that fake news.”
On Tuesday, multiple reports surfaced that the Bengals were open to trading Ross and the two parties felt a fresh start was best.
Ross, 23, is a former first-round pick of the Bengals back in 2017. He’s entering the third year of his four-year contract worth $17,115,864 and included a signing bonus of $10,587,900 and stands to make base salaries of $2,020,988 and $2,798,982 over the final two years.
The contract also has a fifth-year option for the Bengals to consider in 2020.
In 2018, Ross appeared in 13 games for the Bengals and caught 21 passes for 210 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding the Bengals and Ross as the news is available.