Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery feels more wanted in Philly than Chicago
Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is nearing the completion of his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles after joining the team in free agency last offseason. Prior to coming to the City of Brotherly Love, Jeffery spent the first five years of his career with the Chicago Bears.
According to Patrick Finlay of the Chicago Sun-Times, Jeffery revealed that he felt more wanted by the Eagles than the Bears during the free agency process.
“In free agency, you know what teams want you and who don’t want you,” Jeffery said. “Philly, I felt like they wanted me a lot more than the team I was on, I’ll tell you that.”
The Bears failed to work out an extension with Jeffery prior to the 2016 season before the July deadline for a long-term extension for players under the franchise tag. Then, this past offseason, the front office showed a significant lack of interest to hammer out a new deal with the star wideout, which allowed the Eagles to swoop in and agree to a one-year deal with him.
It didn’t take long for Jeffery to find his role within the Eagles offense as one of the primary options in the passing game. He finished the regular season with 57 catches on 120 targets for 789 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. The Eagles’ huge amount of success in 2017, along with his prominent role, led to him agreeing to a four-year extension.
Although Jeffery did see a dip in production, he has been an integral part of the franchise reaching the Super Bowl. He has been particularly huge in the playoffs tallying, nine catches on 10 targets for 146 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, which both came in the 38-7 blowout win over the Minnesota Vikings to clinch the NFC title.
Jeffery figures to once again be a major part of the passing game in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots, and a huge piece of the puzzle over the next few seasons.