Carson Wentz must be thrilled with Alshon Jeffery signing

Mar 12, 2017, 00:57
Carson Wentz must be thrilled with Alshon Jeffery signing

ESPN is reporting the team has agreed to sign the former Chicago Bear for one year and $14 million. The 27-year-old receiver had to sit out for four games of last season after testing positive for PEDs.

Jeffery should be a good complement for the other Eagles addition at wideout, the speedy Torrey Smith.

Jeffery also discusses his childhood icons Michael Jordan and Walter Payton, his early years playing for the Bears and his optimism about next season in Philadelphia. In his final season in Kalamazoo, he caught 97 passes for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns.

With Jeffery's departure, the Bears will now look to in-house weapons like Kevin White, and will likely explore the free agent market for other receivers as National Football League free agency begins.

The type of wide receiver that the Eagles need is the equivalent of a five-tool outfielder in baseball, meaning that they can hit for power, hit for average, is a sure-handed fielder, has a cannon for an arm, and can cover the entire outfield if needed.

Jeffery is a man of few words but said all the right things in his introductory press conference Friday.

I had said I would prefer Pierre Garcon over Alshon Jeffery given the size of a deal Jeffery might get.

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Stuck in an offense that didn't feature many explosive players, Wentz topped the 300-yard passing threshold just four times all season, despite attempting 607 passes (37.9 per game).

I blamed much of that on the team's horrendous wide receiving corps, which was so bad last season it couldn't catch a cold, let alone the pigskin.

The Eagles bought relatively low on Smith in hopes he can be the field-stretching threat he was before, freeing up space on the field for Jeffery. "I wish him the best". They'll likely make more cuts soon. Jeffery is a legitimate number one and Smith is a legitimate number two.

Jeffery enjoyed fast success during his tenure with the Bears.

New receivers coach Mike Groh was Jeffery's position coach in Chicago from 2013 to 2015.

"I just think it's just more putting more focus on what I put in my body, just being more careful", Jeffery said. "I wish them nothing but the best in the next chapter of their lives".