We all knew Nelson Agholor needed a change of scenery, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that he went to Las Vegas this year and had a good season.
But he did it while making peanuts in 2020.
In his annual contract awards, former NFL agent Joel Corry has named Agholor’s one-year contract with the Raiders the biggest steal of the the most recent NFL season for CBS Sports.
After five years with the Eagles and a disappointing 2019, Agholor clearly needed a fresh start, but he had to take a veteran minimum deal to make it happen. Agholor’s one-year deal in 2020 was worth $1,047,500 but it was actually a veteran salary benefit deal, which means it counted as just $887,500 against the Raiders’ cap.
The veteran salary benefit is to encourage teams to sign veteran players by reducing their cap hits.
“He benefited tremendously from the change of scenery,” Corry wrote. “Agholor helped fill the void created by Tyrell Williams missing the season because of a shoulder injury. After primarily being used in the slot the last couple of years in Philadelphia, Agholor showed his deep threat capabilities.”
In 2020, Agholor caught 48 passes for 896 yards and 8 touchdowns and was second in the NFL in yards per reception at 18.7. And he did all that while counting for less than $1 million in cap space.
In his disastrous 2019 season, Agholor managed to play just 11 games and had 39 catches for 363 yards (9.3) with 3 touchdowns. And his cap hit in 2019 on the fifth-year option on his rookie contract was $9.387 million.
So in 2020, he made around $22,000 per catch after making $241,000 per catch in 2019.
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