Eagles GM addresses perceived issue between Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery
The Philadelphia Eagles have been a somewhat active team in free agency, but the elephant in the room has been the status of Alshon Jeffery. While making an appearance on 94 WIP, Howie Roseman — the general manager of the Eagles — addressed the perceived issue between Carson Wentz and Jeffery.
“There’s no issue with Carson and Alshon. There’s no issue, and they’ll tell you that. I think from our perspective, Alshon has to get healthy. When he’s healthy, he’s a good player, but he’s gotta get healthy, and that’s the first order of business, for him to get healthy. I think the narrative about Alshon as a player – and I just hear this, (Eagles Director of Public Relations) Brett (Strohsacker) does a great job of keeping me up to date – isn’t really fair. This is a guy who has been a really good player for us, it’s not a guy who is tremendously old, so we gotta get him healthy and get him right, and then go from there.”
During the 2019 season, there were reports that Jeffery and Wentz didn’t really see eye-to-eye. Then, not too long ago, it was reported that Jeffery would welcome a trade out of Philadelphia this offseason.
Provided that, people are curious if the Eagles and Jeffery can coexist in the future. For the most part, fans believe it would be best that Jeffery is sent elsewhere. On the contrary, Roseman holds the opinion that there are no issues between Wentz and the veteran wideout.
The well-respected GM believes that Jeffery has been dealt an unfortunate hand with injuries. In addition, Roseman thinks that Jeffery can return to being a key contributor for the Eagles once he gets healthy again.
As fair as that is to say, Philadelphia may not have any choice but to keep Jeffery in 2020. Back in 2017, Jeffery signed with the Eagles and helped the organization win its first Super Bowl ever. However, over the past two seasons, Jeffery has been sidelined for nine games due to injuries.
At the same time, Jeffery is under contract through 2021. Also, he is set to make nearly $34 million in the next two seasons. Not to mention, the former second-round also carries a massive $26 million dead-cap penalty if he’s released or traded. Therefore, regardless of what Roseman says, Jeffery is likely stuck with the Eagles next season whether he likes it or not.