General manager Howie Roseman said his selection of wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the second round won't impact Agholor's future with the Eagles, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. "Nelson is an important part of our football team," Roseman said. "He's an important part of what we're trying to do. We're really excited to have him here." Scheduled for a $9.4 million salary under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, Agholor has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, though it isn't clear if the Eagles have seriously considered moving him. His wealth of experience from the slot and proficiency in the short passing game should allow for a meaningful role even after the team added Arcega-Whiteside to a position group that also includes Alshon Jeffery (ribs) and DeSean Jackson (Achilles). Health concerns likely are part of the equation, as Jeffery and Jackson have combined for 27 absences the past four years, both dealing with a number of different injuries. Of course, it's still possible the Eagles explore a trade for Agholor, who is unlikely to match his target volume from the past two seasons (95 and 97) if he sticks around in Philadelphia. It's easy enough to argue he'd be more valuable to another team.
Agholor may be available via trade ahead of Thursday's draft, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Agholor is scheduled to make $9.4 million in 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. The Eagles don't have an obvious replacement, but they can probably get away with a downgrade in the slot if Alshon Jeffery (ribs), DeSean Jackson (Achilles) and Zach Ertz (undisclosed) are all healthy. Although each of those three players finished out 2018 battling injuries, there hasn't been any suggestion their issues will impact participation in offseason practices.
Agholor's $9.4 million salary for the 2019 season became guaranteed Wednesday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. The Eagles exercised the fifth-year option on Agholor's rookie contract last offseason, but the accompanying salary didn't lock in until Wednesday. While the $9.4 million is a significant commitment for a slot receiver, Agholor has been a solid offensive contributor for the Eagles both of the past two seasons and didn't miss a game in either campaign. With Golden Tate now a free agent, Agholor seems primed to supplement a quality Philadelphia receiving corps in 2019 that otherwise includes Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz and the recently acquired DeSean Jackson.
Agholor is likely to remain with the Eagles for 2019, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Between Agholor's non-guaranteed $9.38 million salary and the impending trade for DeSean Jackson, it's easy to see why there's been some discussion about the 2015 first-round pick getting released or traded. While there's still some chance he ends up elsewhere, Agholor would be a comfortable fit in the slot while Jackson and Alshon Jeffery (ribs) operate along the sidelines. The Eagles might consider a multi-year extension if they want to clear up some cap space without losing the 2015 first-round pick.
Agholor caught just one of three targets for six yards but added a 12-yard rush in Sunday's 20-14 playoff loss to New Orleans. Agholor seemed to be over his late-season lull as he had managed at least three catches and six targets in each of his prior three games, but he was invisible in this one. Despite a fitting end to an inconsistent season, the 25-year-old nearly duplicated his breakout 2017, catching 62 of 97 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns. With Golden Tate set to depart in free agency, it would be no surprise to see the Eagles add more wide-receiver depth, but if they stand pat for any reason, Agholor would stand to gain as the third option in the passing game behind Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz.
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|4||09/27||@Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|5||10/06||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|11||11/17||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|14||12/10||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|17||12/29||@New York Giants||10||20.75|
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