The Raiders continue to make additions in the opening days of free agency, and they will add a wide receiver who played a key role for a Super Bowl champion.
Nelson Agholor and the Raiders agreed to a deal, Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group tweets. The former first-round pick played out his five-year rookie contract with the Eagles and will follow Jason Witten in moving from the NFC East to the Raiders’ first Las Vegas pass-catching contingent. Agholor’s pact is for one year, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
This marks an interesting move for Las Vegas, which has been linked to high-end free agent wideout Robby Anderson and has been deficient at the position since Antonio Brown‘s drama tour involved a release from Oakland. Agholor was inconsistent during his Eagles tenure, but the former first-round pick proved essential during Philadelphia’s Super Bowl LII march.
The USC product surpassed 700 yards in both the 2017 and ’18 seasons, helping Carson Wentz emerge as one of the game’s most promising young players. Working mostly as a slot target in Philly, Agholor combined for 12 touchdown grabs in those seasons. He caught a game-high nine passes for 84 yards in the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory.
However, Agholor failed to eclipse 400 yards in his other three seasons and is coming off a 2019 slate marred by a knee injury. The ailment kept Agholor out of Philadelphia’s first-round playoff game, but he caught just 39 passes for 363 yards in 10 games last season. As a result of the down campaign, the 2020 season will double as a value-reviving opportunity for the once-coveted prospect.
The Raiders picked up Tyrell Williams‘ 2020 option and have Hunter Renfrow established as their slot receiver. Former second-round pick Zay Jones also remains on Las Vegas’ roster. The Raiders still figure to make a splashier addition to their receiving corps this offseason, but Agholor profiles as an interesting flier.
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