Jeffery (foot) could open the 2020 season on the PUP list, Mike Kaye of NJ.com reports. Jeffery remains in the midst of a lengthy rehab process after having undergone Lisfranc surgery in December, and even discounting the possibility of quarantine-related challenges inhibiting his recovery, there's no guarantee that the 30-year-old wideout will be ready to go by Week 1. Heading into the third season of his four-year deal with Philadelphia, Jeffery's fully guaranteed $9.91 million base salary for 2020 essentially ensures that he won't be cut, and he's the team's best option as an X receiver when healthy, but it's possible that continued injury concerns could incentivize the exploration of a tentative trade. Though rookie first-round pick Jalen Reagor's skill set doesn't overlap with Jeffery's, his arrival could make moving on from the veteran a more realistic possibility for the Eagles.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman referred to Jeffery (foot) as "the elephant in the room" when he spoke to reporters Thursday, adding that the priority for the wide receiver is to get healthy, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Roseman also acknowledged that Jeffery is aware of what's being said about him, presumably including trade rumors and (unconfirmed) reports of a fractured relationship with quarterback Carson Wentz. Roseman gave the impression Jeffery is still part of the plan in Philadelphia, but Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia is quick to note that the Eagles GM has every incentive to project that image, regardless of what the plan actually is. Jeffery is in the midst of a lengthy recovery process from Lisfranc surgery in December, entering the third season of a four-year contract with a full guarantee for his $9.91 million base salary in 2020. The Eagles thus have no incentive to release him, but they might be able to find a trade.
Jeffery's agent denied a report that the wide receiver wants to be traded, but the Eagles nonetheless may try to move on from him this offseason, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports. It's a complicated situation for a variety of reasons, starting with unconfirmed reports of tension between Jeffery and Carson Wentz, possibly stemming from a local radio station naming the veteran wideout as the "anonymous" player who had suggested the Eagles offense was too complicated for the quarterback to handle. In any case, a full guarantee on Jeffery's $9.91 million base salary for 2020 means the Eagles have no financial incentive to release him, and a lengthy recovery process after Lisfranc surgery in December makes it tricky to find a trade partner. Even if the chemistry and off-field concerns are ignored, Jeffery is a 30-year-old who missed multiple games in four of the past five seasons and hasn't gone over 850 receiving yards since 2014. On the other hand, he posted a 12-219-3 receiving line during the 2017 playoffs, and he has 19 touchdowns in 39 regular-season games with the Eagles. Regardless of where he ends up playing, Jeffery's nine-month recovery estimate after surgery could make it a challenge for him to be ready for Week 1.
Jeffery (foot) won't necessarily be back with the Eagles in 2020, though his contract makes it difficult for the team to trade or release him, NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. The speculation partially seems to be based on reports of Jeffery having a strained relationship with Carson Wentz, something both players have explicitly denied at one point or another. The wide receiver's contract includes a full guarantee for his 2020 base salary, so the Eagles have nothing to gain by releasing him, and they might need to include a draft pick in any trade to get his salary off their books. As such, the most likely scenario features Jeffery playing at least one more year in Philadelphia, where he's entering the third season of a four-year, $52 million contract. His recovery from Lisfranc surgery in mid-December figures to extend deep into the offseason and possibly beyond the start of training camp. An estimated rehab timeline of nine months makes him less than a sure thing to be ready for Week 1 of 2020.
Jeffery underwent surgery Sunday to address the Lisfranc injury to his right foot, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Jeffery's procedure was performed by renowned foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, who is optimistic the receiver will be ready to return to action in advance of the 2020 season. The wideout is still expected to require nearly nine months in total of rehab and recovery, so his availability for Week 1 could come down to the wire. Jeffery, who will turn 30 in February, is on the books for two more seasons and carries cap hits of $15.4 million and $18.5 million in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|4||10/05||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||29||26.00|
|10||11/15||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|13||12/06||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|14||12/13||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
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|3 Year Avg||95||55||707||6||43||12.85||108|