Nelson Agholor

Eagles Mailbag: Dividing the pie, RBs in draft, Doug Pederson on injury report

Eagles Mailbag: Dividing the pie, RBs in draft, Doug Pederson on injury report

I knocked out the first group of your questions in Friday's mailbag

Let’s not waste time today: 

As far as problems go, count this one as a good one to have. While in Phoenix last month at the owners meetings, I wrote about this in depth and that was before the trade to get Jordan Howard.

Now, the Eagles have Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Howard. And one football. It’ll be up to Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz to spread the ball around. If the Eagles are winning, everyone will buy in and the egos will be kept in check. The problem might come if things aren’t going well and certain players feel they are being underutilized. But the Eagles shouldn’t complain about a surplus of guys who deserve the ball. 

It’s still a draft need, just much less pressing now. If I’m weighing this with importance of position, it’s behind defensive line and offensive line, but ahead of linebacker. I still don’t think the Eagles value that position as much as some fans do. 

1. DL
2. OL
3. RB
4. LB
5. S

Remember, Howard has just one year left on his rookie contract and will be a free agent after the season. So trading for him shouldn’t drastically change the Eagles’ plan in the draft. If there’s a RB in the second round and the Eagles have him ranked as their top player on the board, they should take him and not think twice about Howard. 

1. Josh Jacobs
2. David Montgomery
3. Miles Sanders 

The thing all these guys have in common is their futures as true, three-down backs because of their ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. The Eagles don’t seem to care about the do-it-all nature of some running backs, as evidenced by some of their recent moves. But if I were using a first- or second-round pick on a running back, I would need to know they have the ceiling to be an every-down back. All three of these guys will be gone by the end of the second round. 

As Pederson would say, this is a lower-body injury. The Eagles' head coach had surgery on his ankle to prevent an Achilles tear. Basically, he had a bone spur that was rubbing into his tendon and they had to shave it down to make sure the Achilles didn’t rupture. He’s stuck with that walking boot for a total of 10 weeks, but said he’ll be fine for OTAs. He better make sure to stay out of the way, though. As much as Pederson wants to be involved, he might need to take a little step back to keep out of harm’s way. 

I have! A few years ago at the Eagles' media field goal challenge. I didn’t win, but that wasn’t my goal. My goal was to not make too much of a fool of myself and … mission accomplished. I made my first really short field goal, but missed the next one in a respectable manner. I left the NovaCare Complex that day with my dignity intact.

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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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Eagle Eye Podcast: New contract for Seumalo; what's next with Agholor?

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Eagle Eye Podcast: New contract for Seumalo; what's next with Agholor?

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro analyze Isaac Seumalo's contract extension. Is Nelson Agholor in the team's future plans?

The Giants continue to be a dumpster fire. And the guys answer listener questions including Roob's thoughts on The Iditarod.

0:15 - Roob is playing through injury.
2:00 - Contract extension for Isaac Seumalo.
8:30 - Guys feel Jason Peters will be back.
11:30 - Is Nelson Agholor's future going to be in Philadelphia?
19:30 - What are the Giants doing?
23:30 - Twitter questions.
27:00 - Roob loves The Iditarod.
30:30 - How active will the Eagles be in free agency?
37:30 - Jeff Lurie's place among NFL owners.

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