The Eagles are going to add a productive, veteran wide receiver in free agency, or at least they should — they need to. Yet if you're expecting the organization to make a big splash and sign Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery, you may not want to get your hopes up.
While an earlier report did loosely connect the Eagles to Jeffery, who's widely considered the best receiver headed to the market, the odds aren't in the club's favor. One prop bet set by BookMaker.eu has the 2013 Pro Bowler at 3/2 to return to Chicago, the overwhelming favorite among the teams believed to be in the hunt.
The Eagles come in with the next best odds at landing Jeffery, but by a wide margin: 9/1. The full list can be seen below.
Alshon Jeffery team in Week 1 of 2017-18 regular season
Chicago Bears +150
Philadelphia Eagles +900
San Francisco 49ers +1400
Tennessee Titans +1500
Miami Dolphins +2000
Baltimore Ravens +2500
As you can see, the best odds are still on Jeffery to wind up anywhere but the Bears, so that may provide some solace to Eagles fans who choose to remain hopeful. Then again, the field is only a slim favorite here, which speaks to strong confidence in Chicago retaining.
That means the Eagles could be left to choose from a number of slightly lesser receivers in free agency, albeit there are some quality players heading to the market. Although, once people start to hear what some of those guys could cost — a deeper look into that here — that may only increase the clamoring for Jeffery.
The Eagles will no doubt look into Jeffery when free agency opens this March, but the odds seem to signal the Bears may not be willing to be outbid on a homegrown talent and arguably their only legitimate star.