It seems unfathomable that an NFL team can utilize five draft picks in a three-year span on wide receivers (that includes a second-rounder and two first-rounders) and still feel like there are major concerns at the position, yet here we are. The Philadelphia Eagles have, at best, two good options, Quez Watkins and DeVonta Smith. Once you get past those two, the conversation gets uncomfortable.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Jalen Reagor can’t play. Greg Ward can be salvageable at times, but he’s likely to receive his walking papers once we get to the free-agency signing period. John Hightower can’t get on the field, so here we are.
Another offseason means we’re back to discussing the position Philly’s brass can’t seem to figure out. Don’t look now, but we might be crossing someone’s name off of their wish list.
Cross Mike Williams’ name off of the Eagles’ shopping list.
There’s been discussion about whether or not it makes more sense to draft another wide receiver or shop for one in free agency. Seeing as how the Birds have had issues with evaluating the position, there’s a growing contingent that believes the latter option makes more sense.
Why run the risk of Howie Roseman and company wasting another draft choice when they can simply spend a few dollars on someone that we already know has a handle on how to play the position?
The theory is Davante Adams, Chris Godwin, Mike Williams, and Allen Robinson are the top four wide receivers set to dip their toe in free agency’s pool. Rumor has it the Green Bay Packers will utilize the franchise tag to keep Adams, and it appears the Eagles may need to wipe Williams from their shopping list as well.
Take a look.
Utilizing the franchise tag should allow the Packers and Los Angeles Chargers to work out long-term deals for Adams and Williams, but you never know how these things might wind up though. That’s the same thing we thought about Robinson a year ago.
If you’re a huge fan of Philly landing Williams, this is obviously bad news. Don’t get too low about this one though. We’ll see if things change as we near the new league year.