According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Bears free agent wide receiver Alshon Jeffery agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Eagles for $14 million dollars. Jeffery was considered the top wide receiver in this year’s free agent market and the Birds did what they had to do to sign him.
Rapoport reported that the Minnesota offered Jeffery more years and more money, but Jeffery was willing to gamble on himself, by signing a one year deal. Again, you’ve got to give Howie Roseman and Eagles credit for making a deal that is good for salary cap.
There’s no question that Jeffery is a Pro Bowl stud, who has had a couple of outstanding years, 89 catches for 1421 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2013. In 2014, he caught 85 for 1133 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The last time the Birds acquired a wide receiver of Jeffery’s magnitude was in 2004, when they traded for Terrell Owens. Hopefully, the 2017 season will be a positive one for the Eagles, but they’ll need to plug additional holes in free agency and the draft.
There’s no question that Jeffery is a tremendous talent, but he’s struggled the last couple of years because of injuries, poor quarterback play and a suspension for using a banned substance. Last year, he played under the franchise tag and made $14.599 million dollars.
The signing of Jeffery and Torrey Smith completely changes the offense for the Eagles. No longer is the Birds offense in need of receiving talent. Jeffery is a legitimate number one and Smith is a legitimate number two. Add to that Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz, Trey Burton, and Darren Sproles and you can understand why Birds fans have a reason to get excited.