One way that NFL teams can find long-standing success is by taking risks on free agents.
The Kansas City Chiefs know this all too well, and it was announced yesterday that they have added a new offensive weapon to their team, who will be active for the 2023 season.
The #Chiefs signed WR John Ross III to a reserve/futures deal, per source.
The No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 draft, Ross is a burner and still only 27 years old. Not eligible for the playoffs, but one more weapon for Patrick Mahomes in 2023.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 9, 2023
Yesterday, the Chiefs signed John Ross III to a futures deal, meaning that he will not be able to join the team until next season.
When Patrick Mahomes is given more offensive players to work with, he typically can find a way to utilize their skillsets, which often results in that player having success on the Chiefs, when they might have not had success on other teams.
Take Kadarius Toney, for example.
Toney was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft but wasn’t utilized to his fullest potential.
Granted, this was more about Toney’s relationship with the coaching staff and his fellow teammates, but the Giants never gave Toney a chance to shine.
In Kansas City this season, Toney has already scored two touchdowns in seven games.
For context, he didn’t have any touchdowns in his 13 games with the Giants.
The transition to playing with Mahomes has certainly helped boost Toney’s career.
Will Ross be able to do the same?
Ross did record the fastest 40-yard dash time in NFL combine history, so he is a proven speedster who hasn’t been able to break out in the NFL quite yet.
We have a feeling that he might find some semblance of success and meaning on the Chiefs in 2023.