1. Cut Alshon Jeffery.
The first move the Eagles should make is releasing Jeffery, especially with the knowledge of the June 1st designation. As ESPN Insider Field Yates states, “Teams can release players with a post-June 1 designation, which would allow them to spread dead money over two seasons”. The pill to swallow a Jeffery cut is significant, but all indications suggest it’s the right move.
The rumors about him being Josina Anderson’s anonymous source, the belief that he’s a locker-room distraction, and the fact that Philly already had enough challenges on its plate only add to this fire. A conventional release would see the Eagles incur what’s roughly a $26 million dead-cap penalty.
Jeffery was a shell of his former self when healthy last season. The numbers tell a part of the story, but the eye test was more telling in just how much Jeffery has seemingly deteriorated.
On the other hand, with a post-June 1st designation, the Eagles can spread the hit across two seasons, leaving them on the hook for roughly $15 million this year. That allows the team to salvage about $10 million in cap space for this season while clearing up any chemistry issues created by the veteran receiver and the franchise quarterback.
Jeffery was a shell of his former self when healthy last season. The numbers tell a part of the story, but the eye test was more telling in just how much Jeffery has seemingly deteriorated. He looked remarkably slower and less shifty in his route running, signaling a precipitous fall was coming.
Removing Jeffery from the locker room while opening up a roster spot for a potential draft pick would benefit the Eagles greatly.