ESPN: Eagles Best Fit for Free Agent Alshon Jeffery
NFL teams will be allowed to start contacting the agents for free agents today starting at noon.
Thursday, they can start signing them.
There have been plenty of rumors when it comes to wide receivers and the Philadelphia Eagles and that is one big hole they need to fill. With roughly $11 million in cap space it’s unlikely they will have a legitimate shot at some of the league’s best available players.
Then again, if someone can make it happen, it’s Howie Roseman. The Eagles executive vice president of football operations has shown in the past that he may very well find a way to lure an impact player.
One such option could be Alshon Jeffery, a wide receiver with the Chicago Bears whom ESPN’s Matt Bowen believes is a perfect fit in Philadelphia. In the Insider piece, Bowen thinks the west coast offense if a perfect fit for Jeffery.
There are availability concerns with Jeffery given his injury history and the suspension in 2016. However, in Doug Pederson’s offense, Jeffery is an easy fit because of his size, catch radius and matchup ability. Think inside-breaking routes in the West Coast system with the ball thrown between the hash and the numbers. Use that frame to shield defenders and finish. In Philadelphia, the Eagles need a true No. 1 for Carson Wentz, a player who can move the sticks, win in the red zone and capitalize on 50-50 throws.
Jeffery was a second-round pick out of South Carolina in 2012, and since then the 6-foot-3, 218-pound wide out has established himself as one of the NFL’s best play makers, and it’s true he would make a lot of sense for the Eagles.
Philadelphia has some major questions makes at wide receiver after Jordan Matthews, and though there are some interesting options on the free agent market and plenty of depth in the draft, there is not a replacement currently on the roster.
But the Eagles are not the only team who could be interested in the 27-year-old, who many view as the top wide receiver on the market, meaning his price tag figures to be fairly high.
If the Eagles end up going after Jeffery, it wouldn’t be the first time they went after a high-profile wide out in the offseason. The last time they went that route, they ended up in the Super Bowl, when they acquired Terrell Owens before the 2004 season.