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So much for not splashing.

The Eagles talked all offseason about how strapped they were in salary cap space and how a big deal wasn't likely. 

Pshhh. Forget that. 

The Eagles and de facto general manager Howie Roseman have landed former Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery -- the biggest name on the receiver market -- on a one-year deal. The contract is worth $14 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's not the major deal expected for Jeffery; this is more of a show-me deal. 

But it certainly makes the Eagles much more dangerous in 2017. 

With the signing of Torrey Smith earlier in the day, the Eagles have finally gotten Carson Wentz some real weapons for his second NFL season. As of now, the Eagles will have Jeffery on one side, Smith on the other, with Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz in the middle. That's pretty formidable. 

Jeffery, 27, caught 52 passes for 821 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. He was also suspended for a PED violation. One more and he'll be suspended for 10 games, just like Lane Johnson was in 2016.

In 2016, Jeffery played on a franchise tag for $14.599 million. The Bears elected not to franchise him again in 2017; that price would have been $17.5 million. Basically, by coming to the Eagles, Jeffery has franchised himself for another year. 

It seems possible Roseman will need to work some salary cap magic. The Eagles came into the day with $6.1 million, then cut Connor Barwin to save $7.75 million, but after these moves have to be in a tight spot. 

 

Jeffery hasn't eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark since 2014, when he was one of the best receivers in the NFL. In 2013-14, he caught 174 passes for 2,554 yards and 17 touchdowns. From 2013-15, Jeffery played under Eagles wide receivers coach Mike Groh, who held the same position for the Bears at the time. So there's some familiarity. 

At 6-3, 218 pounds, Jeffery is the type of big receiver the Eagles clearly wanted to pair with the speedy Smith. Jeffery, unlike Dorial Green-Beckham, really knows how to use his big frame. He's the type of receiver who, when he's on his game, can be dominant. In fact, in previous years, he has been dominant. 

While Jeffery's numbers have declined in recent years -- that's part of the reason why he had to sign a one-year deal -- the addition of him and Smith makes the Eagles much more formidable in 2017. Last year, the Eagles relied on guys like Nelson Agholor, Green-Beckham and Bryce Treggs. This year, they actually have some NFL receivers to pair with Wentz for his rookie season. 

Jeffery is known as a big receiver, but isn't known for being a big personality. In fact, he's known to be a quiet type, who just goes about his business. His teammates voted him as a captain in 2016. Jeffery, along with Smith, will add some veteran leadership to a position group that really lacked it a year ago. Matthews, at 24, was the veteran leader of the group last year. And the receivers were coached by first-year NFL receivers coach Greg Lewis. 

This year, the Eagles have some veterans and a veteran receivers coach. No matter how anyone feels about the deals, it would be hard to argue that the Eagles haven't greatly improved the position.