The Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiving corps is too expensive compared to its production.
As defending NFC East champs, the Philadelphia Eagles are at no risk of needing to break the glass and smash that panic button anytime soon. Especially considering that the rival Dallas Cowboys are embroiled in a purgatorial contract extension standoff with Dak Prescott, Doug Pederson’s team has plenty to be grateful for heading into the 2020 NFL season.
One thing they shouldn’t be grateful for, however? The contract they handed to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, which increasingly looks like an absolute stinker.
Philadelphia Eagles: What’s the worst contract in 2020?
It’s Alshon Jeffery’s contract and it’s not even close.
Skill player talent doesn’t come cheap, and to be fair, Alshon Jeffery did win a Super Bowl ring with the Iggles. Unfortunately, only three players on the entire Philly roster contribute a bigger 2020 cap hit this season than Jeffery — Fletcher Cox, Carson Wentz, Lane Johnson — and they all stand to contribute a heck of a lot more on the field.
Alshon’s had himself a fine career, but he’s coming off his worst statistical production since his rookie season. Hobbled by injuries, he appeared in just 10 games and hauled in 490 yards and four touchdowns before being shut down on IR late in the regular season.
And to make matters worse, he’s due to take up $18.5 million in cap space in 2021, when he may not even be justifiable as a full-time starter. If the Eagles release him after the current season, they’ll still have to eat an ugly $10.6 million in dead cap value.
It’s worth noting that Philly has had a reasonably productive offseason and that Jeffery’s deal isn’t going to be the difference between making the playoffs and going home early this year. Unfortunately, it’s just way too overvalued with respect to expected production, and far too big to make him a trade asset of any repute.
For the sake of Eagles fans everywhere, praying for good health and good fortune from ol’ No. 17 this year ought to be a top priority.