It continues to look more-and-more like Alshon Jeffery will not only be on the Eagles in 2020, but might once again be a starting receiver on the outside.
In a recent piece on the team’s website, the Eagles’ official insider Dave Spadaro wrote how he sees the receiver position playing out. Not only did he put Jeffery first, but the way he described Jeffery’s role with the team was eye-opening.
Update: Spadaro discussed what he wrote on Tuesday's 94WIP Morning Show:
Of course, this is only Spadaro’s opinion, and it doesn’t represent the entire organization’s stance on Jeffery. Still, it is an article on the team’s official website, and it does back up what Howie Roseman has been saying all offseason — the Eagles only focus is wanting to get Jeffery healthy and back on the field.
Jeffery was viewed as a lock to be cut when the 2019 season came to an end, due to a lack of production in 2020, a major foot injury and a very public perception that he doesn’t get along with Carson Wentz. The Eagles have denied a rift between Wentz and Jeffery, but despite their public denial, it was still believed Jeffery would be released.
While it could still happen, you have to think the Eagles would have released him already if they planned on doing so. Cutting Jeffry prior to June 1st would leave $25 million, according to OverTheCap.com, in dead money on the salary cap and decrease the team’s available space by $10 million. Cutting him after June 1st would only decrease their cap space by about $1 million, but would leave about $15 million in dead money. Taking on that kind of a dead-money cap hit is likely something the Eagles would have wanted to do prior to free agency. The Eagles also likely would have cut Jeffery prior to free agency as a professional courtesy, giving him a chance to find another team before all the free agents hit the market.
A trade is possible, but unlikely, considering Jeffery is coming off of a major injury and might not even be ready for the start of the season. The fact he wasn’t moved during the NFL Draft is also not a promising sign of the Eagles’ chances of finding a trade partner.
Add everything up and Jeffery being on the roster seems to be the most likely outcome for 2020.
And if he is, as Spadaro writes, it is hard to envision him not being a big part of the offense considering the money he is being paid.