Eagles Exercise Option on Nelson Agholor
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles exercised their fifth-year option on wide receiver Nelson Agholor Monday.
That result seemed unlikely at this time last year but after two woeful seasons, Agholor broke out in a big way during the team's run to Super Bowl LII after being moved to the slot in the spring when Jordan Matthews was dealing with an ankle injury.
Agholor performed so well Philadelphia eventually moved Matthews to Buffalo in the Ronald Darby deal, clearing the path to significant playing times.
The Eagles' first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft (No. 20 overall), the Southern Cal product managed just 59 receptions for 648 yards and three touchdowns through two full seasons, dismal numbers. His career took off in 2017, however, bettering all those numbers with 62 catches for 768 yards and eight touchdowns, adding nine more receptions for 84 yards in the Eagles' 41-33 win over New England in the Super Bowl.
By picking up the option the Eagles will owe Agholor $9,387,000 in 2019 unless they work out an extension that lowers the cap number. That salary, however, is not guaranteed until March of next year unless Agholor suffers an injury.
Agholor is again expected to handle most of the slot duties for the Eagles this season with Alshon Jeffery and newcomer Mike Wallace getting most of the work outside the numbers.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen