The NFL trade deadline is just a few hours away, and the Cincinnati Bengals aren’t expected to make a move.
Specifically, the team isn’t expected to move wide receiver John Ross III or center Billy Price before the 4:00 p.m. EST deadline, per Tyler Dragon of Cincinnati.com.
WR John Ross isn’t expected to get traded today, per a source. The plan is for Ross to finish out his contract with the Bengals and head into free agency this offseason. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) November 3, 2020
OL Billy Price isn't expected to be traded today, per a source. The Bengals like his versatility as a backup interior lineman. Price got the start at center in Week 8 due to Trey Hopkins being out with a concussion. Hopkins will be back at starting center after the bye #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) November 3, 2020
Ross has been the likely trade candidate for the Bengals since they sent Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks last week. The fourth-year receiver reportedly requested a trade last month and re-iterated his desire to be moved late last week. Ross has played in just three games this season.
The recent additions of Quinton Spain and B.J. Finney have made Price a bit more expendable, but it was clear from head coach Zac Taylor’s comments on Sunday that Price wasn’t going anywhere. The Bengals have him under contract through at least 2021 and can exercise his fifth-year option next May if they wish.
Despite Ross’ apparent displeasure with the organization and not getting playing time, the Bengals either haven’t been able to find another team to take Ross, or they haven’t received an offer they like. Considering Ross’ value has plummeted this season, it’s likely the former. It does take two to tango.
It’s clear that Ross isn’t going to return to Cincinnati next year, and it’s not likely his chances of playing for the remainder of this season have increased. Unless something unexpected occurs real soon, Ross seems destined to ride the bench until the season ends and he’s free to leave.