Don’t break the champagne out over the Philadelphia Eagle’s signing of Devon Allen yet.
News travels fast around the Philadelphia Eagles community. Less than a half-hour after the team’s announcement that Devon Allen would be joining the team as its new wide receiver, their official Twitter account saw more than 1,200 likes and more than 300 shares.
We have to be honest though. Before we break out the pom-poms and give Howie Roseman a high-five for his most recent acquisition, we have to admit. There are some red flags that come along with this move, and no one should be shocked if this team is still looking for an elite wide receiver come draft time.
Let’s rewind the tape some. The Birds missed out on Calvin Ridley for obvious reasons. They elected against giving Christian Kirk the four-year, $72 million deal that the Jacksonville Jaguars gave him (thankfully). Those rumors involving D.K. Metcalf and the news of the Birds being in the market for Brandin Cooks led to a lot of smoke but no real fires.
So, yes, following the news, it’s easy to see why the move was made. The question is this. Was it wise to add the former Oregon Ducks standout?
No one will ever complain if you can use the words ‘track star’ in the same sentence as the name Philadelphia Eagles, but we’re more concerned about whether he can play football. Let’s dig into this one. Here are the positives and negatives as Philly adds another less-than-spectacular player to the wide receivers’ room.