Kansas City Chiefs sign former Clemson Tigers star WR Justyn Ross

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Clemson large receiver Justyn Ross, as soon as thought of an eventual first-round draft choose earlier than a spinal dysfunction and different accidents disrupted his profession, signed a contract as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs, a supply informed ESPN, confirming a number of reviews.

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Ross caught 112 passes for 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons at Clemson earlier than he was recognized with a congenital fusion in his backbone within the spring of 2020. Doctors informed him he would possibly by no means play soccer once more.

Ross had surgical procedure and sat out the 2020 season. He returned to play final season however was restricted all season by a stress fracture in his foot. He caught 46 passes for 514 yards and three touchdowns.

During the offseason, the Chiefs traded their main large receiver, Tyreek Hill, to the Miami Dolphins. They additionally misplaced two different prime wideouts, Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson, to free company. The solely returning large receiver amongst their prime 4 from final season is Mecole Hardman.

The Chiefs signed JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Marquez Valdes-Scantling of the Green Bay Packers in free company. They chosen Skyy Moore of Western Michigan within the second spherical of the latest draft.

Kansas City additionally made a transfer on Monday to amass Houston Texans cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. for a conditional seventh-round choose. On Thursday, Houston drafted cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. with the No. 3 general choose. The Texans additionally added veteran cornerback Steven Nelson final month.

Earlier within the day, Johnson tweeted a video of himself strolling out onto the sphere in a Texans uniform and mentioned, “I requested for this myself.”

Johnson, who began his profession at cornerback and was a second-round choose in 2019, moved to security in 2020. Houston moved him again to cornerback final season. Johnson began 19 of 44 video games in three seasons with Houston. All three of his NFL interceptions got here final season.

ESPN’s Sarah Barshop contributed to this story.

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