The story of Philadelphia Soul wide receiver Tiger Jones leaving prior to the team’s playoff run to take a longshot flier with the Eagles is an interesting one. Jones was the AFL’s top receiver, totaling over 2,000 yards this season in helping the Soul earn the top seed in the league’s playoffs.
Some might say that Jones has no shot to make a deep depth chart at wide receiver with the Eagles. Maybe. And some might call Jones selfish for ditching out on his teammates prior to making a postseason run. But that’s foolish. The vast majority of those in the AFL beg for attention from the NFL the way an eight-year-old begs for his parents to watch him jump off the diving board. Do AFL players want to be productive and win for their teammates? Sure. But the ultimate goal is show up on the radar of one of the NFL’s 32 teams. And Jones has done that.
Even if he doesn’t stick with the Eagles, other teams could take a shot on Jones. And if he doesn’t? Well, I’m sure the AFL would be more than willing to welcome him back.