Packers: 5 realistic trade targets at wide receiver in 2020

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John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals

It’s easy to forget that John Ross was once the ninth overall pick in the draft. Ross hasn’t lived up to high expectations in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t make an impact for the Packers.

Like the Cardinals, the Cincinnati Bengals have strong depth at wide receiver with a top three of A.J. Green, rookie Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. Ross could struggle to regularly get playing time barring injuries to one of the other receivers, and considering he’s in the final year of his contract, the Bengals might be willing to listen to offers.

In terms of his contract, that would be no problem for the Packers. According to Spotrac, Ross’ cap hit in 2020 will be $5.45 million. That might seem a little high based on his production, but this wouldn’t be a long-term commitment. Ross has one year left on his deal so the Packers could move on after this season if it didn’t work out.

And Ross clearly has potential. He’s caught 10 touchdown passes over the past two seasons and averaged an impressive 18.1 yards per catch last year. And with his incredible speed (4.22-second 40-yard dash), he’d have the potential to make a difference in Matt LaFleur’s offense. The Packers need more speed at wide receiver and Ross could provide that.