March 09, 2017
NFL free agency is now officially official, and it comes as no surprise that Howie Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles are very active. Specifically, the Eagles have upgraded the receiver position for second-year quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles first signed deep threat Torrey Smith, but as it turned out, that signing only set the stage for a much bigger move.
Wentz now has a true No. 1 receiver in (now) former Chicago Bear Alshon Jeffery. In 63 career games, the 27-year-old Jeffery has 304 catches, 4,549 yards, and 26 touchdowns.
Needless to say, Eagles fans are generally a pretty happy bunch at the team's new acquisition. Here is how Birds fans and others in the NFL Twittersphere initially reacted to ESPN reporting that Jeffery is coming to Philly on a one-year deal:
WR Alshon Jeffery just called me directly and said it is a "done deal" that he will go to the #Eagles— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 9, 2017
Carson to Alshon is football porn.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 9, 2017
Eagles have gone from poor to very good at WR. https://t.co/I1k1cEmThv— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) March 9, 2017
One year deal for Jeffrey makes sense. See what he can do. I didn’t think he’d get a big deal— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) March 9, 2017
So Alshon basically back on another franchise tag. https://t.co/ww1wwmTgXr— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 9, 2017
Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and Jordan Matthews are Carson Wentz's top three WRs for next year. What a time to be alive.— Iggles Coverage (@IgglesCoverage) March 9, 2017
The early winner of free agency: Carson Wentz. Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith both to the Eagles.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 9, 2017
"Cap space ain't stopping me." - Howie— Keiana D. Williams (@RealMamaEagle) March 9, 2017
Smh y'all doubting me.— Howie Roseman (@HowieRoseman) March 9, 2017
Howie Roseman currently juju'n on the beat in front of an old Chip Kelly photo. #Eagles— mauriice (@tallmaurice) March 9, 2017
Really loving the Eagles' new wide receiver depth chart: 1) Paul Turner 2.) Alshon Jeffrey 3) Torrey Smith 4) Jordan Matthews 5) Agholor— FakeWIPCaller (@FakeWIPCaller) March 9, 2017
Alshon Jeffery turned down a multi-year deal with more security from Vikings, but he is betting himself long term with the Eagles and Wentz— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
As for Jeffery signing? I haven't been coy about what I've thought of Jeffery. Best free-agent WR in years, and gives Eagles legit No. 1— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) March 9, 2017
Looking forward to hearing Eagles fans call him Alshon Jeffries for the next year— John Gonzalez (@_JohnGonz) March 9, 2017
Just a reminder: Search "Alshon Jeffrey", "Alshon Jefferys" and "Alshon Jeffries" for all of the Philly Twitter reaction. #WeCantSpellGood— Roy Burton (@TheBSLine) March 9, 2017
Makes sense to both sides. Now he gets to prove he can stay clean EAGLESPR: The Eagles have agreed to a 1-yr contract with Alshon Jeffery.— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) March 9, 2017
Howie must not think there's a planet next year either.— Derek / IgglesBlog (@igglesblog) March 9, 2017
Eagles heavily explored adding Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey before the trade deadline. Now have both on the roster for 2017— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 9, 2017
Eagles announce they've signed Alshon Jeffrey to a one year deal. Smart for both sides. If he stays healthy can get bigger $$ in 18— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 9, 2017
Dear Philly fans,— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) March 9, 2017
Enjoy Alshon, he's really good.
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1 year deal makes sense for Eagles/Alshon. He can prove he's worth 15-20 million if he stays healthy, off the PEDs.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) March 9, 2017
So the Eagles got a top flight wide receiver with some baggage on a one-year deal and motivation to play it into long-term? WELL DONE!— Kyle Scott (@CrossingBroad) March 9, 2017
Eagles finished 31st in receiving yards, yards/rec. (10.7) and receiving TDs last year, last in drop percentage (5.8) per ESPN Stats & Info.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) March 9, 2017
Howie to media last yr: We aren't taking a QB— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) March 9, 2017
Howie this year: "Signing young, for the future"
**1 yr deals to vets***
Random fact: Nelson Agholor wears No. 17 because of respect/friendship he has for/with Alshon Jeffery.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) March 9, 2017
Eagles: Hey, we got a pretty good receiver.— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) March 9, 2017
Everyone: SHUT UP THE BROWNS ARE EATING THEIR OWN VOMIT!
I like— Jordan Matthews (@jmattjmattjmatt) March 9, 2017
Howie the Goat❗— Jalen Mills (@Mills_Island) March 9, 2017
ANDDDD also Welcome @TheWorldof_AJ to the squad. Big things ahead!!!— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) March 9, 2017
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