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Philadelphia Eagles’ Potential Trade Deadline Addition: Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery

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Eagles Rumored Interest in Bears’ Receiver Jeffery

It’s not secret that the Philadelphia Eagles have one of the weakest groups at the receiver position in the NFL.  So it certainly makes sense that general manager Howie Roseman is doing all he can to deliver for his rookie quarterback and head coach.

The Eagles have been rumored to have interest in San Francisco 49ers receiver Torrey Smith, and that makes sense with his connection to Joe Douglas, who now runs the personnel department in PhiladelphiaSmith is a fairly good player who has the ability to stretch the field.  He hasn’t been nearly as productive with the Niners as he was with Baltimore, where he registered nearly 3,600 yards and found the end zone 30 times.  He would, however, be an upgrade to the Eagles and provide them with a true deep threat, which is something they have lacked since the departure of DeSean Jackson.

Smith would be like winning the silver medal for this team.  They have a chance for gold.

The Chicago Bears do not feel like they have a good chance to resign star receiver Alshon Jeffery, and are willing to part ways with him for the right price.  This is almost certainly intriguing Roseman, and he likely blowing up phone in Chicago‘s front office trying to get Jeffery for a price they aren’t happy with.  However, Roseman has shown to get good value for his trades, and shouldn’t be counted out.

Alshon Jeffery would provide everything rookies Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson are looking for.  Jeffery is listed at 6’3″ and boasts 33″ inch arms and 10.25 inch hands.  Putting that with his 36.5 inch vertical and you have a scary player that could certainly help a young quarterback.

There’s no questioning his talent, but there are some things to consider.

The former South Carolina standout has had injury problems, playing in 58 out of a possible 71 games.  He has shown to ability to play through injury, and has done so this year, where is he still projected to pass the 1,000 yard mark for the third time in six years.

Then you have to see what the Bears would be willing to accept for him.  Many believe it’s a higher draft pick, likely a second round selection.  With an expiring contract, teams would be hesitant to give up that price for him unless they believed they had a good chance at resigning him.

With a player like Carson Wentz throwing him passes, the Eagles should interest many free agent pass catchers, not just Jeffery.

This team should know what a player of this caliber could do for them and their playoff hopes, and if Chicago is willing to negotiate, they should be willing to pull the trigger on bringing in an elite level talent.