The offseason is here and the rumors are starting.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) February 8, 2017
This isn’t big news. Peters is due $11.2M this year. The Eagles would love to lower that cap figure. They can ask him to take a pay cut, but I’d be shocked if Peters agreed to that. Nice guy, sure, but giving up money when you have the advantage over the team? Just doesn’t seem likely. It is possible the Eagles could re-work his deal and take some of his money and move it around to lower this year’s figure. That will mean more dead money in the future, but the Eagles might be okay with that. They’d like more room now.
The Eagles are usually good with contracts so I would expect them to figure out a way to handle this situation.
The Eagles were linked to WR Torrey Smith prior to the trade deadline. Jason La Canfora makes it sound like they could still be interested.
It’s all about receivers for the Eagles as well. Yeah, the offensive line needs retooling, too, but getting Carson Wentz someone who can line up outside the hash marks and make a play is a required starting point for the 2017 offseason. They might land Torrey Smith in a trade, but they need to draft a receiver high as well.
Trade? No. Smith is due $9.5M this year and has high figures after that. No thank you.
The Niners are almost a lock to cut Smith so they can get out of that deal. When he hits the street, the Eagles could very well be interested.
Smith struggled in SF, but had poor QB play. In 28 games over the last 2 years, he was 53-930-7. That’s not good for a veteran receiver with a big deal. If you go back to his Baltimore days, Smith was a much better player. He had a lot more stability and that showed in his numbers. From 2011-2014, Smith averaged 53-898-7. He helped them win a Super Bowl. That’s a WR you actually want. Those numbers helped him get the big deal from SF.
To be sure, Smith isn’t a great WR. But if you got him for a fair price and teamed him up with another free agent and a mid-round pick, you would have a good group to put around Jordan Matthews.
Speaking of WRs.
Multiple sources say this week WR Pierre Garcon, #Redskins still not talking. Chances of losing him AND DeSean Jackson increasing by the day
— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) February 7, 2017
I don’t know if the Eagles will be interested in Garcon and/or Jackson, but it would be nice if they both hit the market. First, that would give the Eagles the option of making a play for one of the guys. Always good to have options. Second, it would spread out the market a bit and possibly help the Eagles land a WR they do want. The fewer targets there are, the more competition there will be for those guys.
It has been reported that the Eagles will be interested in WR Kenny Stills from the Dolphins.
I've been told to project that Dolphins WR Kenny Stills is in the 5-yr, $30M neighborhood on a new salary, with $12.5M-plus being guarantee.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) February 7, 2017
Kelly is a Miami beat writer so I’m sure he has some solid connections in regard to Stills. That’s a very reasonable contract for Stills and the numbers could actually be low. If that is his price range (and he’s young and talented), you can understand why the Eagles would have interest.
And please don’t turn this into “The Eagles are being cheap” nonsense. There is only one big time free agent WR and that’s Alshon Jeffrey. We don’t know if he will hit free agency. And if he does, is Jeffrey worth mega-bucks? Is he a guy you pay $14M per year to? If there was an elite WR with no baggage for the team to pursue, the Eagles would be on that guy like a duck on a june bug. There is no such player in this market. That’s why you have to be a smart shopper.
If the Eagles decide Jeffrey is worth it, fine. But he’s not a slam-dunk, no questions asked kind of target.
It will be very interesting to see who the Eagles do target and who they’re able to land.