The Philadelphia Eagles continue to gear up for the future, as this time it is star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery who is getting a contract extension, the team announced on Saturday morning.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles and Jeffery agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $52 million with $27 million guaranteed.
Alshon Jeffery’s new 4-year, $52 million deal with the Eagles also included $27 million guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 2, 2017
The Eagles brought in Jeffery on a one-year contract last offseason in the hopes that he can become a go-to target for young quarterback Carson Wentz. That connection took some time to flourish, but after 11 games together, it’s clear that Jeffery has become Wentz’s man.
Through 11 games, Jeffery has totaled 43 catches for 619 yards, a 14.4 average yards per catch, and seven touchdowns. Over the last four games, they have connected 17 times for 265 yards and five TD.
As the connection between Jeffery and Wentz grew, Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman saw fit to lock up Jeffery through the 2021 season. If Jeffery can continue to stay healthy, then this duo will be a handful for other teams to try and stop. The only problem is that Jeffery has a track record of missing a lot of games throughout his career.
Since joining the Eagles, Jeffery hasn’t missed a single game, but during his time with the Chicago Bears, he missed a total of 17 games in five seasons. When the Eagles signed Jeffery last offseason, they knew the risk they were taking, and the potential reward if all things went well.
Right now, everything is going well for Jeffery and the Eagles. Wentz and Jeffery have established a connection (to the tune of seven touchdowns), and having a presence like the 6’3 Jeffery on the field opens up space for the other Eagles receivers and tight ends.
Tight end Zach Ertz is having the best year of his career, and part of that is due to the middle of the field getting opened up more because teams are double teaming Jeffery. This has allowed Ertz to become one of the NFL’s best tight ends this season, totaling 639 yards and seven touchdowns on 55 catches.
Jeffery isn’t the first player that the Eagles have extended this season. Both Jeffery and Tim Jernigan, who were signed to one-year contracts this past offseason, have now both been given multi-year contract extensions. Both players have key roles on the team, and the Eagles did a good job of locking them both up.
General Manager Howie Roseman has slowly built a championship-caliber team in Philadelphia, and he is doing an even better job of locking up key pieces to the team. Offensive tackle Lane Johnson, tight end Zach Ertz, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, defensive end Vinny Curry and now defensive tackle Tim Jernigan and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery have all been locked up for multiple years in the future.
As the Wentz, Jeffery connection further develops, the offense will continue to get better and harder to stop. After receiving this contract extension, the connection between the two is only going to grow stronger. Wentz and Jeffery are going to be one potent duo for many years to come.
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