4 Potential cap casualties Eagles can target at wide receiver

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Allen Hurns could be one of those hidden gems the Eagles clamor for.

If Allen Hurns is on the Miami Dolphins’ roster in 2022, they’re going to have to pay him more the $3 million. If they’re interested in moving on, he represents $433,334 in dead cap money. You see where this is headed right?

Eagles fans already know who this guy is (and they have bad memories about him). In Philadelphia’s 2014 season opener, he walked right out onto Lincoln Finacial Field’s grass and caught four passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Those touchdowns came on his first two receptions, making him just the second wide receiver in NFL history to score on his first two catches. Charles Rogers of the Detroit Lions was the other.

It’s what’s come after that moment that’s kept Hurns from catapulting himself into the upper echelon of pro football’s wide receivers. His best season was in 2015 (64 receptions, 1,031 receiving yards, and ten touchdowns), but he’s never played a full season. He also, since 2015, hasn’t caught more than 39 passes or found his way into the end zone more than three times.

Adding Allen Hurns to the wide receiver room isn’t as sexy to talk about as it is to share theories about potential trade packages for Calvin Ridley, but if the Eagles have a little extra money to spend after they make some key additions, it wouldn’t hurt to make him the fifth wide receiver on your active roster.

We’ll tell you this. He’s a whole heck of a lot better than Jalen Reagor or J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. You can bet your bottom dollar on that.