Alshon Jeffery chose Eagles because he sees Carson Wentz winning MVP
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Mar 12, 2017,
Mar 12, 2017, 0:59
The first few days of free agency have not been short of excitement! If he can, he could cash in in a big way next year. "But from our perspective, it was a win-win situation, and when you have guys on one-year deals, you still have options". Isaac Seumalo is being paid far less and can certainly step in at center. He is just 25. Jeffery is a guy that has killed the Vikings, and has had to deal with a fairly significant injury history.but when healthy he's one of the best receivers in the game.
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.
Wentz didn't put up MVP-caliber numbers a year ago, but perhaps with Smith, Jeffery and Jordan Matthews on the field he can make a case in 2017.
Jeffery has 304 career receptions over five seasons for 4,549 yards with 26 touchdowns.
There are some concerns. He only had 267 yards on 20 receptions with three touchdowns in 12 games last season, but he was playing for the awful 49ers.
If there's a knock on the receiver it's that he lacks the speed to break away from defenders at the top of his routes. In 2014 he caught a career-high 10 touchdowns. From 2015 to 2016, he caught 9 of 27 targets for 91 yards and four touchdowns. The organization was in disarray with head-coaching changes in back-to-back seasons. I was not anticipating a one-year deal.
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As for Barwin, he will need to get back on track elsewhere.
But Barwin had 12 sacks combined over the past two seasons and struggled previous year when he moved from linebacker to the defensive line after the Eagles switched to a 4-3 system.
Barwin's release will reportedly save the Eagles close to $8M against the salary cap in 2017. Back then, he was standing on the Bears' sideline as Wentz led the Eagles to a 29-14 win at Soldier Field in his second-ever National Football League game.
"Joe was with [Jeffery] in Chicago", Roseman said. "They gave us hell", Jeffery said. "We feel like we know our players really well because of that, and so when guys come from other places and have worked with those guys and are able to tell us exactly what they are, it takes some of the risk involved out of it". His work in the community will have a lasting impact on our city that we can all be very proud of.
"It was the best decision for me and my family. You gotta just move on".