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Eagles pick up Nelson Agholor’s 5th-year option

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Nelly won’t be an unrestricted free agent after 2018.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have exercised the fifth-year option on Nelson Agholor’s contract, according to an official announcement from the team.

This means Agholor will not be an unrestricted free agent once the 2018 league year is over. His deal now runs through the 2019 season.

The money in Agholor’s fifth-year option ($9.4 million) is not guaranteed, except for injury. The only risk in the Eagles picking it up, then, is if Agholor suddenly reverts back to his pre-2017 struggles AND gets hurt in a way where the injury lingers into 2019.

The upside to exercising the option is that it gives the Eagles more time and leverage to work out a long-term deal with their 2015 first-round pick. That’s something both sides should be interested in. After brutally struggling in both 2015 and 2016, Agholor really turned things around to become one of the league’s best slot receivers in 2017.

Agholor figures to continue to be an important part of the Eagles’ offense moving forward.