The Philadelphia Eagles are a team in re-build mode, especially in the wide receiver room. Last year, they drafted Jalen Reagor and John Hightower in an attempt to get younger at the position. Earlier this offseason, they cut ties with Desean Jackson. They are set to part with another pass catcher at the start of the NFL season. As he prepares for free agency, where are some potential landing spots for former Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery?
Alshon Jeffery Landing Spots
This isn’t the first bite of the free agency cherry for the big-bodied wide receiver. After playing on the franchise tag for the Chicago Bears in 2016, Jeffrey signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in 2017. He was a pivotal part of their Super Bowl-winning team, securing 219 yards and 3 touchdowns in the playoffs. His heroics led to a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the Eagles.
Despite that, he has failed to live up to his early career promise. He had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons early in his Chicago career. However, he has failed to break the 1,000-yard mark or double-digit touchdowns since 2014. As a result of injury battles, the Eagles WR also hasn’t played a full 16-game schedule since that Super Bowl-winning 2017 season.
Could Alshon Jeffery still provide an effective weapon for one of the following landing spots in free agency?
After their free agency frenzy, will the New England Patriots add a veteran wide receiver with Alshon Jeffery?
After their first missed playoff appearance since the dawn of time, the New England Patriots have splashed the cash so far in free agency. Anyone who watched the Patriots play — or even casually scrolled through Twitter — is aware that the offense needed to add playmakers.
Well, Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor account for the best part of $50 million of the Patriots’ splurge while Jonnu Smith figures to be the most important addition to the offense.
However, that shouldn’t discount them from being a landing spot for Alshon Jeffery. He would provide the big-bodied receiving threat that the Patriots had hoped that N’Keal Harry would be. With rumors of Harry likely to see a trade out of Foxborough, the former Eagles WR can provide an outside threat for newly signed quarterback Cam Newton.
Could the Houston Texans add a veteran wide receiver like Alshon Jeffery?
The biggest issue impacting the Houston Texans offseason is a potential Deshaun Watson trade. However, whoever starts under center in 2021 is going to need some wide receiver help.
Will Fuller has been allowed to hit the open market. DeAndre Hopkins was inexplicably traded away to the Arizona Cardinals last season. As a result, there aren’t a lot of quality receiving options in Houston right now.
With limited 2021 NFL Draft capital, they could be a landing spot for Alshon Jeffery in free agency. In addition to limited draft capital, they are short on cap space. As such, they won’t be in a position to pay the likes of Kenny Golladay or JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Jeffery would give them a cheaper, big-bodied receiver to play on the outside. It just remains to be seen who will be throwing the ball to the former Eagles WR.
Will the Baltimore Ravens replace one veteran receiver with another?
The Baltimore Ravens dove into the veteran free agency market last season with the signing of Dez Bryant. Could they make the same move this free agency as a landing spot for Alshon Jeffery? Although they have Marquise Brown as a speedy game-changing threat, there’s no denying that they need to give Lamar Jackson some supporting weapons.
Wide receiver figures to be the top priority in the offseason. That could come in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, that shouldn’t rule out a free agency acquisition. Behind Brown, tight end Mark Andrew was the next most targeted pass catcher for the Ravens. Although they have Myles Boykin as a big receiver, the former Eagles WR will add value to their wide receiver room.
What is Alshon Jeffery’s market value in free agency?
Wherever the landing spot for Alshon Jeffery in free agency may be, he’ll likely earn less than he did last year for the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Spotrac, he earned $11.5 million in 2020. It’s hard to believe that a team is going to invest that amount on a wide receiver coming off a season with just two starts and 6 receptions.
It would be more likely to be closer to the original one-year, $9.5 million contract he signed with the Eagles. However, with a deep wide receiver class in the 2021 NFL Draft, he may have to settle for something even less than that figure.
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Oliver Hodgkinson is a staff writer for Pro Football Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @ojhodgkinson.