Alshon Jeffery's goal? Help make Eagles' Carson Wentz an MVP
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Mar 12, 2017,
Mar 12, 2017, 0:55
NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport reported live on the network's Free Agent Frenzy show that a new team has entered the fold for Bears free agent wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
Earlier in the day, the Eagles signed wide receiver Torrey Smith, who was cut by the San Francisco 49ers after two disappointing seasons.
In 2015 Jeffery played in a career-low nine games as he struggled with leg ailments, making 54 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns. When asked why he wanted to play for the Eagles, Jeffery said it was the man under center.
"Nelson [Agholor] can have 17", Jeffery said.
Jeffery, 27, also said he recently watched the movie Invincible and invisions Eagles fans to be like what he saw in the movie.
It also means the Eagles would be completely retooling their wideout group.
Since Jeffery is only receiving a one-year deal, it can be argued that this is a medium-risk deal at worst.More news: Patriots send second-rounder for Kony Ealy, third-rounder from Panthers
Way back in September, on Monday Night Football, Alshon Jeffery got an up-close look at his future teammate Carson Wentz.
Doug Pederson ran a quick strike, West Coast offense much like that of Kansas City a year ago.
At the NovaCare Complex on Friday, both Jeffery and Smith said one of the reasons they came to the Eagles was the chance to play with Wentz, whom the team has billed as the franchise quarterback and the face of the organization.
Jeffery has 304 career receptions over five seasons for 4,549 yards with 26 touchdowns. "But from our perspective, it was a win-win situation, and when you have guys on one-year deals, you still have options". That, in part, led to a 52 catch, 821 yard season that included a pair of touchdown catches. Over the course of the last 24 hours, getting involved in his willingness and his agent's willingness to take a shot to come to come to Philly and to believe in the system we have in place and the people that we have in place, I think that's exciting for us.
As it sits now, Kevin White, Cameron Meredith and the newly signed Markus Wheaton are the top three receivers on the Bears' depth chart. Regardless, it was a classy and professional statement put out by Jeffery that offers some closure for his time with the Bears.
"I can't name everybody here because there are just too many", he said. The 2016 first round pick only registered one catch in his rookie season, and dealt with nagging injuries that made him a non-factor all season.