Free Agency Fantasy Impact: Alshon Jeffery
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Mar 12, 2017,
Mar 12, 2017, 0:57
Jeffery joins the Eagles on the same day the team signed another veteran wide receiver, Torrey Smith from the San Francisco 49ers. Today he made his decision loud and clear: Jeffery will be a member of the Eagles after signing a one-year deal. Jeffery went to the Pro Bowl in 2013 after catching 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven TDs.
Jeffery was considered the top receiver available in free agency, but he couldn't secure a long-term deal to remain in Chicago or from another team.
The Eagles got burned last season when they signed Lane Johnson to a five-year contract extension but then played 10 games without the right tackle after he failed his second career PED test. While leaving the Bears is certainly favorable for any player who wants to win, the Eagles remain in rebuilding mode.
In regard to his penchant for being able to make contested catches, Jeffery said, "It's just something that comes natural to me".
But, it's for just one season.
After the Bears slapped the franchise tag on Jeffery a season ago at $14.59 million, they chose not to do that once again this off-season at $17.50 million.
It also means the Eagles would be completely retooling their wideout group.
The big question now for Jeffery is whether this one-year, "prove it" deal will allow him to break the bank in 2018.
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.
So, what is Jeffery looking for, other than money, that he could not get in Chicago?
Although the Eagles probably will need two new starting cornerbacks this year, the thinking of most experts is they could find both of them after the first round.
The Philadelphia Eagles gave rookie quarterback Carson Wentz the keys to the kingdom immediately in 2016. Smith's contract is for three years and $15 million, but is sort of like a one-year deal in that the final two years aren't guaranteed and have club options built in.
"I don't really think about that". Whatever the next chapter is, I'm ready for it.
The Bears still have high hopes for White despite him having undergone two major surgeries on his lower left leg since being selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft.