Desperate Eagles Sign Draft Bust After Their Last WR Addition Retired

Cowboys fans are laughing at the Eagles' latest sad addition to their wide receiver corps.
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While the Dallas Cowboys haven't had the most organized and functional offseason in the world, fans can take plenty of solace knowing they're not alone in the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles haven't done much to address the roster or coaching staff that suffered a collapse of epic proportions down the stretch in 2023.

And the Eagles' failures became especially funny when they signed DeVante Parker as wide receiver depth, only for the already-disappointing wideout to choose retirement over suiting up in Philly. But now things are getting even funnier.

The Eagles' choice to replace Parker on the roster? One of the biggest wide receiver draft busts in recent memory.

WR John Ross Un-Retires To Join the Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed John Ross. In a funny coincidence, Ross is actually coming out of retirement to replace the retired Parker.

After only managing a combined 733 yards in four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, the New York Giants were actually desperate enough to give Ross a shot in 2021. That was also his last time suiting up for live-game action.

His 20 targets that year ranked only 10th on the Giants, ranking behind names like Devontae Booker, Kyle Rudolph, and Collin Johnson. That's not exactly an indicator that the guy can ball. And it's not like he's shown any more promise since then.

Ross briefly held a reserve/future contract for the Kansas City Chiefs last year, but he retired before training camp even ended.

To give credit where credit is due, wide receiver isn't exactly a glaring need for the Eagles. The way they've locked up AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith long term only adds to the frustration Cowboys fans are feeling about CeeDee Lamb's contract situation. But the modern NFL requires an offense to have three or four capable wide receivers (and even more if injury issues pop up), and the Eagles' lack of depth could haunt them again.

Ross is a long shot to make the final roster in Philly, but if he does, then we'll really have confirmation that the Eagles' depth at wideout is in a dire situation.

The Cowboys and Eagles first face off this season in Week 10, and Dallas sits as 2-point home favorites on DraftKings Sportbsook. The odds flip for the Week 17 meeting in Philly, which sees the Eagles sitting as 2-point favorites. The race to win the NFC East is going to be a close one.

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