Eagles have decisions to make on Torrey Smith, Nelson Agholor

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Eagles have decisions to make on Torrey Smith, Nelson Agholor

The Eagles can create some breathing room under the salary cap in 2018 with a relatively simple move at wide receiver. At the same time, the club also has a decision to make at receiver that could inevitably drive costs up for 2019.

Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor each played a huge role in delivering the Eagles’ first Super Bowl championship. Now, determinations must be made on their futures with the team.

The question is whether either call is very difficult to make.

First, the Eagles must decide whether to pick up Smith’s option for 2018. The three-year contract the veteran wideout signed last offseason acts more like a series of one-year deals at $5 million apiece. The structure and amount could result in a convenient source of savings.

With the organization seriously up against the cap — currently over the projected spending limit — Smith might be a luxury the Eagles can no longer afford.

Smith posted mediocre regular-season numbers: 36 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns. However, he enjoyed a strong postseason, racking up 13 receptions for 157 yards and one score. Dropped passes were an issue throughout.

While still a dangerous vertical threat, Smith was perhaps underutilized at times with the Eagles. The team also chose a pair of speedy receivers — Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson — in last year’s draft.

As for Agholor, a decision is coming whether or not to pick up the fifth-year, 2019 option on his rookie contract at a projected $9.4 million. The Eagles’ window to accept or decline the option ends May 3.

A first-round pick in 2015, Agholor finally lived up to his promise this season, a breakthrough sparked by his move to the slot. He wound up with 77 receptions for 935 yards and eight touchdowns, including playoffs, eclipsing the combined totals from his first two NFL seasons.

Though $9.4 million may sound steep for a slot receiver with one decent year under his belt, Agholor became a vital cog in the Eagles' offense. Plus, the option is guaranteed only for injury, so the team isn’t necessarily bound to that amount.

More than anything, exercising the option delays Agholor from becoming a free agent by a year, buying the Eagles another season of evaluation.

The fifth-year option is often a precursor to a long-term extension. By 2019, the Eagles should have a better sense of Agholor’s value, and will perhaps be in better position with regards to the cap.

*Ages as of Sept. 6, 2018

Torrey Smith
Age: 29
2018 cap hit: $5 million

Eagles quarterbacks didn’t even utilize Smith’s vertical ability all that often. According to Pro Football Focus, the seven-year veteran was targeted 19 times on passes of 20 yards or more, including playoffs. By comparison, Agholor had 18 such targets, while Alshon Jeffery led with 28.

Alshon Jeffery
Age: 28
2018 cap hit: $4.125 million

Brilliant bit of accounting here by Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman to keep Jeffery’s cap hit low in the first year of his contract extension. Four million for a No. 1 receiver is a steal, though that figure will balloon to over $14 million in 2019.

Nelson Agholor
Age: 25
2018 cap hit: $2.983 million

Perhaps Agholor was simply miscast in his previous role. Per PFF, he led all receivers in touchdowns out of the slot, and finished third in yards. Agholor also showed up at OTAs looking bigger and stronger than he had in previous years, or so it seemed. His eight broken tackles were a new personal best.

Mack Hollins
Age: 24
2018 cap hit: $714,000

One of two options to potentially replace Smith, Hollins turned on the burners for a 64-yard touchdown against Washington in Week 7. However, the fourth-round pick was largely used as a possession receiver, finishing his rookie season with 16 receptions for 226 yards.

Shelton Gibson
Age: 24
2018 cap hit: $619,000

Gibson’s only real action on offense came in the meaningless Week 17 tilt with the Cowboys — two receptions, 11 yards. If his hands ever catch up to his feet, he could become a viable deep threat. Work ethic shouldn’t be an issue, as Gibson worked his way from a regular inactive at the beginning of his rookie season to a regular role on special teams.

Dom Williams
Age: 25
2018 Cap Hit: $560,000

Signed to a futures contract in 2017, Williams quietly landed on injured reserve in May with a torn Achilles. He impressed in the previous year’s preseason with the Chargers, catching 10 passes for 132 yards in exhibition games.

Marcus Johnson
Age: 24
2018 Cap Hit: $555,000

Johnson made the 53-man roster off of a strong training camp but lost his role on special teams midway through the season and was inactive the rest of the way. There will be plenty of competition for his roster spot. So far, Rashard Davis, Bryce Treggs, Greg Ward and Marquess Wilson have been signed to futures contracts.

Newest Eagle rocks fabulous furry Gucci sneakers


Newest Eagle rocks fabulous furry Gucci sneakers

Daryl Worley was introduced to Philadelphia on Monday at a press conference at the NovaCare Complex and he showed up in style.

The newest member of the Eagles linebacking crew was rocking some high fashion Gucci sneakers with a little bit of a ... hairy accent. You can own your very own pair for a cool $830.

If you're curious on what to wear these sneaks with, Net-a-porter has you covered:

When Alessandro Michele stepped in as Gucci's Creative Director in Fall '15, his shearling-lined shoes were part of the movement that ushered in a new relaxed era for the label - these 'Ace' sneakers are a cool, sporty take on the now iconic style. Made in Italy from pristine white leather, they have the instantly recognizable navy and red webbing that's embroidered with a gold bee, representing abundance, love and community. Wear them with cuffed denim or a midi dress.

It may not surprise you at all that a guy with this kind of flair had a somewhat curious answer when asked who his favorite Eagle of all-time was.

His answer? Terrell Owens. [insert thinking-face emoji]

[h/t Meech]

Carson Wentz bouncing around on road to recovery


Carson Wentz bouncing around on road to recovery

Not only did the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl last month, but their fans were also treated to an encouraging site on Monday morning: Carson Wentz throwing a football.

Wentz shared some video to his Instagram story in which you can see him throwing a football from multiple angles while wearing a brace on his knee.

Back in January before the Super Bowl, the Eagles quarterback revealed that the knee injury he suffered in December was worse than originally thought. He tore his left LCL in addition to his ACL but he said then that he hoped to be back for Week 1.

"My goal is to be ready for Week 1," Wentz said. "I'm going to push and do everything I can to be ready. And I'm very confident in that."

"I'm feeling confident with it and I said it in the video I posted right after the injury — I 100 percent believe I'll be back better than ever, stronger than ever, with no looking back." 

No reason to believe any of that has changed over the last month and a half and it sure looks like he's progressing.