The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off their second consecutive 7-9 season. This time around, however, the Eagles are confident they found a franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz, and now they need to build around him. Tight end Zach Ertz appears to be a favorite target for Wentz but the quarterback could use another reliable receiver.
Even though the Eagles will likely draft a receiver in this year’s draft, they need some veteran leadership as their oldest receiver, Jordan Matthews, is only 24 years old. Here are some potential receivers the Eagles should attempt to sign this offseason.
DeSean Jackson, Redskins
DeSean Jackson spent his first six seasons with the Eagles before former head coach Chip Kelly released him. Since he left for division rival Redskins, the Eagles haven’t had a deep threat receiver and the team could certainly use one. It appears the interest is mutual as the Eagles have made it clear they plan to go after him in free agency, and Jackson has said there is no hard feeling towards the organization. This past season, Jackson averaged 17.9 yards per catch and had his fifth 1,000-yard season. With a minimum of 50 catches, the highest average yards per reception was Jordan Matthews, who had 11 yards per catch. The Eagles could use a reunion with Jackson as he could be the missing piece the offense needs.
Alshon Jeffery, Bears
Alshon Jeffery isn’t a speedy receiver, but he is a big play threat. In five seasons, Jeffery has two 1,000-yard seasons. If it wasn’t for injuries and suspensions, he could have four 1,000-yard seasons as the last two seasons he played in 9 and 12 games with over 800 yards. Jefferey could be the big target Wentz needs for passes down the field. The receiver will likely want a max-contract and he will have some baggage carried with him, as he served a four-game suspension this year for a failed PED test. The Eagles will need to keep that in mind.
Terrelle Pryor, Browns
The quarterback turned wide receiver showed he can play receiver in the NFL. In his first full season, Pryor posted 1,071 yards and four touchdowns. While the Browns will do anything to keep Pryor, he will be a hot free agent target for teams because of his size and ability to run vertical routes. And who wouldn’t want to leave the Browns for a better team?
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