Report: Eagles were shopping Alshon Jeffery early last season

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Last week, Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman referred to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery as the “elephant in the room,” a nod toward his injury, bad contract, and reported desire to be traded.

As it turns out, Roseman has been trying to move that elephant for some time.

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Roseman began shopping Jeffery in trade about a month after a contract restructuring which guaranteed $11.5 million of his 2020 salary, which bought the Eagles some cap space).

That kind of immediate buyer’s remorse for a contract is rare (And he probably should have called Bill O’Brien immediately, and gotten J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins in return for Jeffery and a seventh-round pick).

But as the season wore on, things got worse, as Jeffery’s play slipped, and he suffered a Lisfranc injury which required surgery. There was also the implication that he was the source of some negative comments about the team to ESPN.

Jeffery’s practically untradeable now, at least until the fall when his foot recovered to the point he’d pass a hypothetical physical (and it’s all hypothetical at the moment), so if they want to move on, they’ll likely just have to release him. (Unless Bill O’Brien calls.)

8 responses to “Report: Eagles were shopping Alshon Jeffery early last season

  1. It is almost beyond belief that he guaranteed Jeffery’s contract for 2021 right before the 2020 season started.

    Roseman has been living in the past when evaluating players who were on the Superbowl team.

    Jeffery should not have had 2021 guaranteed and Sproles never should’ve been on the roster last year.

    I can’t imagine how hard it was for him to let a 39 yr old Jason Peters go finally.

  2. Guaranteed that the Front Office is still listening to all offers. Wonder if the phone is broken?

  3. The Philthy team makes no sense – they whine about an oft injured Jeffries and they bring back sloth foot Jackson who can’t play more than one full game a season and who has lost several steps in performance. I’ve learned to believe that those in that miscreant franchise are as lowlife as they can be and sometimes they wear a visor.

  4. lesepi says:
    April 7, 2020 at 9:23 am
    The Philthy team makes no sense – they whine about an oft injured Jeffries and they bring back sloth foot Jackson who can’t play more than one full game a season and who has lost several steps in performance. I’ve learned to believe that those in that miscreant franchise are as lowlife as they can be and sometimes they wear a visor.

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    So many mistakes here. “Sloth Foot” Jackson? You mean that guy who burned the Skins in week 1 for 154 yards and two TD’s? That alone should disqualify your comment. He has far from lost a step, in fact, he probably still faster than all but about half a dozen players in this league. He got hurt….it happens. Jeffrey got hurt, it happens.

    Eagles are not in a rush. Historic WR draft will have them taking a top one, and some other team will get a hurt wideout and they will unload Jeffrey before the trade deadline to a desperate team. You get nothing but cap damage if you send him off the roster now. DeSean will be recovered, and the Eagles will be ready when and if we have a season.

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