After signing free agent wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to one-year deals, the Eagles are now open to trading one of their recently-drafted pass-catchers, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. While La Canfora doesn’t name the specific wideouts Philadelphia is willing to move, Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor are the only receivers on the club’s roster who were originally drafted by the Eagles.
Matthews, selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, has offered steady production from the slot during his three-year tenure with the Eagles, but he doesn’t offer the type of No. 1 receiver production that his size (6’3″, 212 pounds) would seem to indicate. In 2016, Matthews posted 73 receptions for 804 yards and three touchdowns. While his scoring was down, Matthews more or less matched his career averages last year.
Now entering his age-25 season, Matthews has one year on his rookie contract, which comes with a base salary slightly north of $1MM. Earlier this month, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported the Eagles may be wiling to deal Matthews if the right offer came about. Matthews was selected while Philadelphia still employed former head coach Chip Kelly, so de facto general manager Howie Roseman might not feel attached to the fourth-year pro.
Agholor, meanwhile, was drafted after Kelly had assumed control of the Eagles’ personnel office, meaning Roseman has even less reason to keep Agholor around. Agholor, 23, has posted extremely disappointed results during his first two years in the NFL, as he’s averaged just 30 catches, 374 yards, and two touchdowns from 2015-16. The 20th overall pick in the 2015 draft, Agholor is due fully guaranteed base salaries totaling ~$2.4MM over the next two seasons.
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