Sharks Acquire NFL Defensive Back Joel Ross

Cobras Trade Lands Ross with Jacksonville

The 2019 National Arena League Champion Jacksonville Sharks have announced today that they have acquired Defensive Back Joel Ross through a trade with the Carolina Cobras. The Cobras will receive a future player consideration. Ross enters his fifth season of professional football and his first season of arena football. 


Ross (5’10, 190) last played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). During his time with the Tiger-Cats, he played in three games during 2018 combining for three tackles and one interception that was returned for a TD. In 2017, Ross was signed with the Calgary Stampeders and played in one preseason game where he had two tackles and one interception. 


Prior to the CFL, Ross had a stint in the NFL starting the 2015 preseason with the Chicago Bears but finished the preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he made the team’s regular-season roster as a member of the Bucs practice squad. In 2014, Ross got his career start as an undrafted free-agent signing with the Dallas Cowboys where he competed in the team’s training camp and preseason before being released. 


During his college career Ross played as a three-year starter for Appalachian State where he had a career total of 114 tackles, nine passes defended, three interceptions, and one sack. Ross is a native of Damascus, MD and graduated from Damascus High School.    

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