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Eagles, Alshon Jeffery agree to new contract

Eliot Shorr-Parks
September 07, 2019 - 5:02 pm

The Eagles and receiver Alshon Jeffery have agreed to a contract restructure that will give him job security in 2020 and the team some cap flexibility. 

The deal was announced on Saturday afternoon, the day before the team’s season opener against the Washington Redskins. 

Although the team did not announce the financial ramifications of the deal, according to an NFL Network report the new deal turns $11.75 million of Jeffery’s current deal into a signing bonus, which means he has over $11 million guaranteed in 2020 now. Jeffery didn’t have any money guaranteed in his contract beyond this season prior to the restructure. 

Here are some thoughts on the extension:

Jeffery: For Jeffery this deal is a bit of a no-brainer. Jeffery was under contract through the 2021 season prior to this deal, but was entering a season in which he was in some ways playing for a new deal. The Eagles could have saved $11.75 million in 2020 by releasing Jeffery, a move they likely would have at least discussed. 

Now, Jeffery gets the confidence of going into the 2019 season without having to worry about his job in 2020. If Jeffery has a huge year, the Eagles would have kept him in 2020 at the same deal he was on, so Jeffery wouldn’t have had the chance to capitalize on it. If he didn’t have a big year, they might have cut him. Now Jeffery can play and focus solely on this season without having to worry about the future. 

Eagles: The Eagles’ decision to do it is a bit more surprising than Jeffery accepting it. One of the reasons Jeffery was considered a potential cap casualty in 2020 was the Eagles’ decision to draft J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the second round of this year’s draft. Arcega-Whiteside has looked great so far in training camp and it was possible the Eagles could have cut Jeffery next offseason to give Arcega-Whiteside a starting job. 

Now, the team is basically tied into Jeffery and DeSean Jackson as their starting receivers for 2020, unless things go poorly with Jackson and they are able to trade him. With Nelson Agholor currently set to hit the free agency market it is possible that Arcega-Whiteside could either be moved in the slot next season or Jackson spends more time inside.

Either way, it appears Jeffery will be the starting outside receiver in 2020, something that wasn’t a guarantee before this new contract. 

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