Nelson Agholor may no longer be on the Eagles trade block
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor was once for sale, but it sounds like he’s going to be on board for the 2019 NFL Season.
The last few weeks might have been quite stressful for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, Nelson Agholor. As the team’s front office and coaching staff were out in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine, they were rumored to be listening to offers for multiple players. One of those players happened to be the former first-rounder, Nelson Agholor.
After two solid seasons, Agholor has solidified himself as one of the more reliable slot wide receivers in the NFL. Although he’s never had over 800 yards or double-digit touchdowns in a single season, he’s still a valuable weapon on the field. Aside from his first two years in the NFL, which were terrible, Agholor has become one of the favorite weapons on the Eagles offense.
The Eagles aren’t questioning themselves as to whether they like Agholor or not. The main issue comes from his cap hit being $9.4 million. As the team picked up his fifth-year option last season after he clinched career-highs across the board, it seemed reasonable that he was going to be worth the price tag since he was on the rise. Agholor didn’t play as well the following year, but it’s still hard to just call him a one-season wonder as well.
Are the Eagles still trying to sell Agholor?
With the acquisition of DeSean Jackson, many assumed that it was restructure or release for Agholor. Since the trade offers don’t really seem to be coming in, the Eagles might’ve had to fix that salary and cap number by changing it, or getting rid of it entirely. After seeing how much money slot wide receivers are collecting in the Free Agency market this year, the Eagles probably realize that Agholor’s nine million may be reasonable after all.
ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter doubled-down on the report about the Eagles being ‘likely’ to keep Agholor around. Ahead of the Free Agency opening on Wednesday, Schefter explained that the Eagles really like Agholor and that he’s in the plans for 2019. Beyond this year? That’s still up in the air. An ideal scenario would be that Agholor’s game gets back to that 2017 form, now that the Eagles have a dangerous weapon on the outside stretching the field.
For the Eagles, the combination of Jackson, Agholor, and Alshon Jeffery is a problem. Jackson fits the mold of a speedster, while Jeffery is the 50/50, possession receiver. Meanwhile, Agholor can burn defenders across the middle, and Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert will be running free elsewhere as well. The Eagles may not be thrilled to cough up over $9 million for Agholor, but it might be worth it at this point. They need all of the weapons they can get for Carson Wentz to get back to his MVP form. They just might have the tools to make that happen. Why screw it up?