A veteran wide receiver who turned heads with a record-setting performance at the NFL Combine back in 2017 is calling it quits.
Per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Kansas City Chiefs placed wideout John Ross on the reserved/retired list, as the Washington product and former 2017 first-round pick has opted to retire.
As Garafolo noted, Ross set the record for the fastest 40-yard dash time at the 2017 NFL Combine with a time of 4.22 seconds. That smashed the record previous set by ex-Tennessee Titans’ star running back Chris Johnson (4.24 seconds).
Injuries and curious management by then-head coach Marvin Lewis limited Ross to just three total game appearances in his rookie year. Ross appeared in 13 games in 2018, and though he finished with seven TD receptions, Ross only had 21 catches for 210 yards.
Despite being limited to eight games in 2019, Ross turned in a career year with 28 receptions for 506 yards and three touchdowns on a Cincinnati team that finished with football’s worst record. Ross sought a trade in the 2020 season, but the Bengals never honored his request and made him a healthy scratch. That and injuries limited him to three total games in 2020.
Ross signed with the New York Giants in 2021 but caught just 11 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown in 10 games. The Chiefs signed Ross earlier this year, but he ultimately decided to retire rather than try to revive his career with Patrick Mahomes.
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