You would think signing one big-name receiver would be enough for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Howie Roseman had other ideas.
All day, rumors had been circulating that former-Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had been leaning toward the Eagles as his next place of employment.
Around 4:20 p.m., the news broke that it was official, Jeffery was the newest member of the Eagles squad.
Jeffery was an original second-round pick by the Bears in 2012, he has caught 304 passes for 4,549 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has twice earned 1,000-yard seasons which included a 1,421-yard Pro Bowl Season in 2013.
Jeffery also has a lot ties with the Eagles organization, according to their press release. The new wide receivers coach Mike Groh was Jeffery’s position coach from 2013-2015. Eagles Vice President of Player Personnel Joe Douglas was the Bears director of college scouting last season and Eagles Director of Pro Scouting Dwayne Joseph was the assistant director in the Bears personnel department during Jeffery’s tenure.
This is the second big receiver that the Eagles have signed on the day. Earlier, the Birds signed former San Fransisco 49ers receiver Torrey Smith. Between the two veterans, thats 11 years of experience after the Eagles had one of the youngest receiving groups last season.
Taking a Chance
The Eagles also agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Guard Chance Warmack. Warmack was the No. 10 overall pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2o13, starting and playing in all 48 games for the Titans in four seasons. He is an Alabama grad and has ties to Eagles’ Offensive Line Coach Jeff Stoutland from his days Crimson Tide. In 2016, he missed all but two games due to a hand injury
Keeping it Goode
The Birds kept one of their key special team players Najee Goode from doing another teams uniform when the season begins by agreeing to a one-year deal. Goode has played 45 games over the past four years, accumulating 32 special teams touchdowns while adding two touchdowns, one on a fumble recovery and the other on a blocked punt.
This season, Goode was second on the team with 12 special teams tackles. Besides Goode, the Eagles have been able to retain key special team players including long snapper Jon Dorenbos, punter Donnie Jones and safety Chris Maragos to help keep the leagues top-ranked special teams unit in two of the last three years intact.
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