The Philadelphia Eagles have made one of the biggest splashes in free agency this year, inking wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a one-year, $14 million dollar deal. The 6’4” 230 pound wide receiver immediately becomes the Eagles’ number one wide receiver and fills a much needed hole.

The 27-year-old wide receiver was drafted in the second round (pick 45) in the 2012 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears but a broken right hand slowed his rookie season. Regardless, Jeffery was still able to finish the 2012 year with only 24 receptions, 367 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

In his sophomore season, Jeffery had a true break out year. He finished sixth overall in receiving yards, producing 1,421 receiving yards on 89 receptions while recording 7 touchdowns.  In week 5 Jeffery had the best game of his young career, recording 218 yards receiving on ten catches, which broke the Bears’ single game receiving record. Later that year, Jeffery found a way to best his 218 yard game by recording a 249 receiving yard game against the Minnesota Vikings on December 1st. He ended the season by going to his first and only pro bowl.

In 2014 Jeffery picked up right where he left off in 2013, recording another 1,000+ yard season. He finished the year with 1,133 yards on 85 receptions and a career high 10 touchdowns. However, 2015 was not as kind to the stud wide receiver. Dealing with small injuries all year, Jeffery was finally placed on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury after only nine games played. In those nine  games Jeffery produced once again, recording 807 yards on 54 receptions and managing to get in the endzone four times.

After the Bears put the franchise tag on Jeffery, where he made $14.6 million, Jeffery had a decent season until he got suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. The impending free agent finished his final years with the Bears recording 821 receiving yards on 52 receptions in 12 games, which includes a five catch, 96 yard game against the Eagles.

With the Alshon Jeffery signing, the Eagles not only have a 1,000+ yard wide receiver on the roster, but will be able to pair him with the deep threat in newly acquired Torrey Smith and one of the better slot receivers in the league in Jordan Matthews. This finally gives QB Carson Wentz much needed weapons on the outside.

How bad does Wentz need the help? Outside of Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green-Beckham was the top wide receiver for the Eagles. He finished with only 392 receiving yards on 36 receptions, good enough for fifth overall behind two tight ends and a running back. Eagles fans should rejoice that the Eagles finally have a true number one receiver.

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