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Nelson Agholor is staying with Eagles in 2019, even at high cap number

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Nelson Agholor is staying with Eagles in 2019, even at high cap number

The clock has struck 4 p.m. and Nelson Agholor is a whole lot richer. 

It also looks like he’s staying in Philly. 

Since the new league year is now underway, Agholor’s entire salary for the 2019 season went from non-guaranteed to guaranteed money. That means the Eagles are on the hook for his entire salary of $9,387,000 and the matching salary cap hit. 

The Eagles exercised this fifth-year option on Agholor’s rookie contract last spring, but it didn’t become locked in until now. 

That’s a big chunk for a slot receiver (honestly, probably more than he’s worth right now), but the Eagles will at least keep one of their best offensive playmakers and now have a really formidable trio of receivers. 

There were some reports in recent weeks that the Eagles were open to the idea of trading Agholor, but apparently, a good enough offer never materialized. I always thought it would make sense for the Eagles to extend Agholor, which would have alleviated some of his cap hit for 2019, but that didn’t happen either. 

Even without knowing how much DeSean Jackson counts against the cap in 2019, we know the Eagles will have a ton of money tied up in their receivers. Alshon Jeffery’s cap hit of $14.725 million is the highest on the team. So between just two players, that’s over $24 million. According to OverTheCap, the Eagles’ entire receiver position group in 2018 accounted for just $16.7 million. 

It’s a lot of money to tie up in one position, but the Eagles’ trio of receivers is now one of the best in the league and they all seem to complement each other. 

Agholor is 25 now and has played four seasons in the NFL, but it’s still hard to figure out his worth. He was a first-round pick in 2015, but his first two seasons left much to be desired. But once he moved to the slot in 2017, his value began to explode. 

In 2017, he had 62 catches for 768 yards and eight touchdowns. 

In 2018, he had 64 catches for 736 yards and four touchdowns. 

It seems very possible he has just scratched the surface of his ability and production in the NFL, which could have made it very difficult for two sides to agree on an appropriate price. It looks like Agholor will be back for 2019 with the chance to possibly test the market as a free agent this time next year. 

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Eagles vs. Ravens live: Highlights, analysis from NFL preseason game

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5:23 p.m.: Josh McCown is here for his first game as an Eagle.

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4:23 p.m.: I have arrived to the Linc!

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Tune in to Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP at 6:30 p.m. and come back after the game for Eagles Postgame Live. 

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Howie Roseman pulls off another player-for-player trade, nabs safety from Arizona

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For the second time this summer, Howie Roseman has made a player-for-player trade.

This time, the Eagles have acquired safety Rudy Ford from the Arizona Cardinals for defensive tackle Bruce Hector.

Ford, 24, was a sixth-round pick out of Auburn in 2017 and has played in 23 games (one start) in the last two years for the Cardinals. Hector, a 24-year-old undrafted rookie out of South Florida last year, played in eight games for the Eagles in 2018.

Like most of these player-for-player trades (which are rare for most teams, but not the Eagles), it seems like Ford and Hector will each have a better chance of cracking rosters with their new teams. Earlier this month, Roseman moved undrafted OL Ryan Bates to Buffalo for DE Eli Harold for similar reasons.

During his two years in the NFL, Ford (5-11, 205) has primarily been a special teamer. He played 65 percent of the Cardinals’ special teams snaps in 2018 and just 5.5 percent of their defensive snaps. He didn’t play on defense at all as a rookie and played just 62 defensive snaps in 2018. He has played 455 special teams snaps in two years.

Even after trading for Ford, it doesn’t seem like he’s anywhere near a sure thing to make the roster. First, training camp is already over and we’re just two weeks from the start of the season. And the Eagles still have Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Andrew Sendejo and Johnathan Cyprien. And when the Eagles go to three safeties in practice, it’s still Sendejo who stays on the field.

We’ve talked about this for a while: the Eagles would basically recoup a compensatory pick if Sendejo isn’t on the roster. But based on how much they’ve been using him all summer, that hasn’t seemed likely.

In addition to those top four, the Eagles also still have Tre Sullivan, Deiondre’ Hall and Trae Elston. Sullivan and Hall were each on the 53-man roster in 2018. So this move has provided the Eagles even more depth at the safety position.

The Eagles did move on from Blake Countess on Aug. 13, so perhaps they just traded for Ford to fill the requirement for Auburn safeties on the roster.

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