Like it or not, Alshon Jeffery isn’t going anywhere Eagles fans

Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

The usual response when guys struggle is to imagine them being shipped off, but if you’re an Eagles fan, you may need to realize Alshon Jeffery isn’t going anywhere.

What a difference a couple of months make. The Philadelphia Eagles have gone from being the subject of arguments about whether or not they’d make the Super Bowl to being the subject of arguments about whether or not they’ll even make the playoffs. One of the main reasons has been some bad play by their wide receiver corps, particularly Alshon Jeffery.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way, but maybe it’s time that we all come to the conclusion that Jeffery is mortal, and that’s okay. Unfortunately, the knee-jerk reaction when guys struggle is to demand trades or ask for their release.

Here’s a bit of news before any of you even think about taking that route. Jeffery’s four-year extension that he signed on December 2nd of 2017 means he’s signed through his 31st birthday and won’t be a free agent until 2022.

Before the current campaign, Eagles vice president and general manager Howie Roseman guaranteed Jeffery’s deal for 2020. That means if Philly decided that they wanted to release him, he’d represent a $15 million cap hit in dead money which would prevent ‘The Birds’ from going out and signing some guys that could help the team win now.

It’s pretty safe to say that the ‘trade’ idea can be thrown out too seeing as how Jeffery’s current season isn’t providing anyone watching with much ammo to argue that another franchise would be willing to trade for him and take on the high salaries he’ll command in both 2020 and 2021.

Sure, Philly could bring another guy in, but Jeffery isn’t going anywhere. At this point, if you’re a fan, you just have to hope that he can work through whatever is going on, whether that’s an injury or just a slump.

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Words like ‘overhaul’ come to mind when thinking about fixing Philly’s roster. The Eagles have a lot of guys who are at the end of their deals that won’t be re-signed in the next offseason (thank goodness Ronald Darby was re-signed for one season) but don’t count Jeffery in that number. It appears that he’ll be here for a while.