The Kansas City Chiefs have made an eye-opening addition to the roster, providing Patrick Mahomes with another weapon for the 2023 season. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Chiefs are signing former first-round pick John Ross to a reserve/futures contract.
The #Chiefs signed WR John Ross III to a reserve/futures deal, per source.
The No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 draft, Ross is a burner and still only 27 years old. Not eligible for the playoffs, but one more weapon for Patrick Mahomes in 2023.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 9, 2023
Bottom line, Ross won’t be available for the Chiefs during their upcoming playoff, but he’s locked in to open the field with the Chiefs next year.
Ross was a standout at the University of Washington from 2013 to 2016. He made a name for himself at the NFL Draft Combine when he showed off his shocking speed, running a record 4.22-second 40-yard dash. However, things didn’t quite work out for Ross in the pros.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected him ninth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. In four seasons in Cincinnati, Ross caught just 51 passes for 733 total yards. He scored 10 touchdowns, including seven in 2018, but never found consistent success. He stayed with the New York Giants in 2021, playing 10 games and scoring a TD.
Now, he’ll look to revive his career in Kansas City, playing alongside the best quarterback in the game, Patrick Mahomes. Knowing how much Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy like to operate offensively, it’s not hard to imagine the Chiefs setting up some crafty plays for the speedster, who could also make an impact on special teams.
John Ross won’t be available for the Chiefs in the 2023 NFL Playoffs, but come training camp, Ross will be looking to earn a roster spot.