Another Weapon in the Fold

Posted: March 22nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 1 Comment »

The Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year deal. That makes the offense older, but also faster. Much faster.

Wallace ran 4.33 at the Scouting Combine back in 2009 and he’s been shredding NFL defenses ever since. He is an ideal replacement for Torrey Smith, especially when you look at the big picture. The Eagles were able to deal Smith for CB Daryl Worley. That gave the Eagles a young DB and saved them more than $4M in salary. Now they have added Wallace to take Smith’s role. Wallace is reportedly getting $2.5M for the year, with incentives that could push that up to $4M.

Essentially, the Eagles swapped out Smith for Wallace, added Worley and possibly saved $2M. That’s a pretty good deal.

I didn’t expect the Eagles to be interested in Wallace because I thought they would want to go younger. Instead, it seems that Howie Roseman and the front office are comfortable taking a chance on a veteran on a cheap, one-year deal.

The addition of Wallace gives the Eagles another year to develop youngsters Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson. Howie Roseman has talked about the struggles of young receivers, especially rookies. It can take two to three seasons for a receiver to finally play well. The Eagles like Hollins and Gibson a lot, but a team with Super Bowl expectations might be better off in having a proven veteran in the receiver mix.

There was some thought the Eagles might go after a WR in the draft. This isn’t a particularly strong class so the Eagles weren’t going to have great options. They could still add a receiver, even in the 1st round, but that would be a move for the future, not the present. I think they’ll look to another position early (TE, DB and OL make a lot of sense).

The Eagles now have an impressive set of receivers. Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Wallace give them a terrific trio. Hollins should take a big step forward this year. He showed a lot of promise as a rookie. Gibson is very raw, but should also be improved this year. He primarily played on STs. That could still help him. Just being on the field for a Super Bowl team had to help his confidence and he definitely has a better idea of what game speed is.

Wallace should be an upgrade on Smith. Wallace has been more productive over the years and has better hands.

There is some risk with this move. Wallace has generally been the key WR on his team. Here he could be the #3 WR and the fourth option in the passing game. As an older guy trying to win a ring, maybe that will be okay. You just never know. While Smith was an inconsistent player for the Eagles, he was great off the field. He helped chemistry and never complained about a lack of passes coming his way.

The Eagles have made sure to surround Carson Wentz with weapons. They saw the other side of things in 2016 when Dorial Green-Beckham and Agholor were the key targets outside and they struggled in a huge way. Last year Wentz was surrounded by playmakers and the Eagles had the best offense in the NFL. They clearly want more of that.

This could prove to be a really smart move. The Eagles got excellent production from one-year veterans last season. Patrick Robinson, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Graham, and Smith all came to the Eagles on inexpensive deals and ended up playing prominent roles for a championship team. Without much cap room, the Eagles have to be careful shoppers and make every deal count. If Wallace plays to his normal level, he could turn out to be a great bargain.

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This sounds promising.

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One Comment on “Another Weapon in the Fold”

  1. 1 Eagles News: Philadelphia now has two of the top rated deep threats in the NFL - ReportEyes said at 7:07 AM on March 23rd, 2018:

    […] Another Weapon in the Fold – Iggles BlitzThe Eagles now have an impressive set of receivers. Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Wallace give them a terrific trio. Hollins should take a big step forward this year. He showed a lot of promise as a rookie. Gibson is very raw, but should also be improved this year. He primarily played on STs. That could still help him. Just being on the field for a Super Bowl team had to help his confidence and he definitely has a better idea of what game speed is. Wallace should be an upgrade on Smith. Wallace has been more productive over the years and has better hands. […]