Eagles set to release Alshon Jeffery when the new league year starts

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – OCTOBER 27: Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) walks out to the field prior to the National Football League game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills on October 27, 2019, at New Era Field in Orchard Park, NY. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Eagles are preparing to release veteran wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery, upon the commencing of the new league year (March 17th).

This move has been a long time coming. Ever since his 2020 salary was fully guaranteed in a bid to free up cap room around the 2019 NFL trade deadline, the future has looked bleak for the once great wideout.

Alshon Jeffery recently restructured his contract in order to make it more ‘tradable’ or easier to dispose of. He will be getting a new start in 2021 but the Eagles were unable to get any value in return.

His time in Philadelphia will be remembered in several ways. On one hand, his 749-yard season in 2017 that helped spur the Eagles to a Super Bowl was beyond impressive when you consider he played the entire thing with a torn rotator cuff. The Super Bowl itself was a thing of beauty as he tallied 73-yards and an elegant touchdown. His 2018 campaign remains his best statistical outing since 2014, and he ends his tenure with 2,237 yards and 20 touchdowns.

On the other hand, the anonymous source conspiracies hang just as heavy as the ridiculous cap hit and decision to place him on the PUP list as opposed to IR in 2020, costing a player a roster spot while Jeffery didn’t play at all in the opening six games.

This was a move that had to be made and is undoubtedly the next in what looks to be a long line. Malik Jackson also restructured his contract a few weeks back and could be the next man to face the chopping block as Howie Roseman scraps to get his team out of a serious cap hole. With around $31M still left to find, things might get even bumpier in the City of Brotherly Love.

Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire