Late on Monday, reports surfaced that the Philadelphia Eagles were interested in pursuing a trade for 49ers’ speedy wideout Torrey Smith. The news was followed by speculation by some that the Birds could (or should) inquire about Bears’ wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey as well.
Now, Benjamin Allbright reports that the Eagles are in fact making a play for Jeffrey as well.
Huh, #Eagles are trying for Alshon Jeffery after all.
Would need him to work out long term deal. Mid round pick to #Bears as compensation.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 25, 2016
Jeffrey is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year, and because he’s currently playing under the franchise tag, the Birds would be unable to work out a contract extension with him until the end of the season.
Jeffrey is worth the risk of a mid-round pick, but he comes with a great deal of concerns. He’s had trouble staying healthy, and has battled all kinds of nagging injuries during his career. I’m not sure that he’d really be worth the kind of contract that he’d command, but the Eagles certainly need to get some playmakers for the offense, Nelson Agholor giving up on routes isn’t cutting it, Jordan Matthews is a complimentary piece at best, and Dorial Green-Beckham has potential through the roof, but is currently a project.
I’d be surprised if the Eagles made a deal for either Jeffrey or Smith before the trade deadline. Trades are so hard to pull off in the NFL during the season, but after seeing Howie Roseman deal Sam Bradford away on the eve of the regular season, how you can you rule anything out?