With the deadline to slash rosters to 53 players less than two hours away, the Eagles are still trying to move Alshon Jeffery‘s now-onerous contract.
The team is shopping the ninth-year receiver — as it has been doing since last year — according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer (on Twitter). But the Jeffery situation has not changed much, making such a move difficult.
Jeffery is not on track to be ready for Week 1. Though he will not start the season on the PUP list, which would shelve him for the first six weeks, it does seem as if he will miss at least a couple of games, and he is owed $9.91MM in guaranteed salary.
While Jeffery fought through injuries to post productive seasons in 2017 and ’18, en route to his Eagles extension, he finished last season with just 43 catches for 490 yards. Injuries limited him to 10 games in 2019.
Despite making some moves at receiver this offseason, the Eagles have key issues going into the season. In addition to Jeffery’s continued injury concerns, Jalen Reagor is expected to miss at least part of Philadelphia’s September slate. Trade acquisition Marquise Goodwin opted out. This will leave 33-year-old DeSean Jackson — who missed most of last year with an injury — and JJ Arcega-Whiteside — who submitted a disappointing rookie season — as the team’s top wideouts entering Week 1.
For what it’s worth, GM Howie Roseman said he is not trying to move Jeffery and looks forward to having him contribute sooner rather than later (via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk). “Alshon has come back with incredible energy,” Roseman said. “He’s in great shape. He’s motivated to win and be part of it. We are not actively shopping him, as reported. But I think for us, you know, let’s get the good player back as soon as possible. I’m not telling you that he’s ready for Week One, but we definitely anticipate him being ready before that PUP period.”
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