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Duke Tobin denies Bengals are shopping John Ross; teams have already inquired about trade

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Tobin was emphatic in his denial of the Bengals looking to deal Ross.

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News broke Tuesday that the Bengals are reportedly shopping John Ross while teams are gathered in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine.

The news was fairly shocking as he is going into his third season after Cincinnati spent the ninth overall selection on him in the 2017 NFL Draft. As it turns out, it was fake news to the Bengals and director of player personnel Duke Tobin.

Speaking at the combine on Wednesday, Tobin emphatically denied the team is shopping Ross.

New head coach Zac Taylor is also excited to work with Ross:

This actually jives with reports that NFL teams had apparently been trying to get Ross before this most recent report, but the Bengals said no.

It did seem very surprising that Taylor was open to the team moving on from Ross, who clearly has plenty of athleticism. Afterall, it seemed Bill Lazor didn’t get the full potential out of Ross’ skill set, but then again, you could blame quarterback play as well.

It is probably even more surprising that the Marvin Lewis coaching staff wasn’t willing to part ways with Ross considering he wasn’t exactly treated favorably, even when healthy.

It’s still very possible that Cincinnati will field offers, though it’s hard to see them getting anything close to the value Ross has to this franchise as a former No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Let’s hope we get to see Ross playing in Bengals stripes next season and given a chance to show what he is really made of.