WR Alshon Jeffery
The Eagles suddenly look different on offense, huh? Having struggled through a season with Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews and Dorial Green-Beckham as their wide receivers of note, Philly has made massive strides at wideout by buying low on Torrey Smith from the 49ers and doing the same with Jeffery. The Bears passed on franchising Jeffery a second time at $17 million, but the former Pro Bowler reportedly turned down a long-term deal with the Vikings to take a one-year, $14 million contract with Philly.
WR Torrey Smith
Remember Torrey Smith? In a way, Smith is a cautionary tale for teams targeting deep threats such as DeSean Jackson and Kenny Stills in free agency. After moving on from Joe Flacco in Baltimore, Smith was anonymous during his two-year run in San Francisco, catching a total of just 53 passes for 930 yards and seven touchdowns. Granted, he wasn’t working in great offenses, but he was outproduced by the likes of Quinton Patton and Jeremy Kerley last year.
It’s possible that Smith is toast, but because he didn’t suffer any serious injuries during his time in San Francisco, it’s likelier that he was stuck in a terrible scheme fit. Things should go much better in Philly, where the Eagles have a promising quarterback in Carson Wentz and have been desperately crying out for somebody capable of stretching the field. Smith should help there. Smith was also a monster in terms of drawing pass interference penalties in Baltimore, picking up 26 calls for 571 yards over his four years in town. That would be a boon for Wentz, who drew only 100 yards of PI penalties last year. At three years and $15 million, Smith is a relative bargain for the Eagles: