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Nelson Agholor reportedly “likely to remain with the Eagles” in 2019

Philly’s slot wide receiver

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Despite rumors that the Eagles are open to trading him, Nelson Agholor is likely to be back with the Philadelphia in 2019. This much comes from Jeff McLane of the Inquirer:

The Eagles’ trade for DeSean Jackson caused some to wonder if Agholor would really be back at his $9.4 million cap number this season. There was already speculation that the Eagles could look to lower that figure PRIOR to Philly acquiring Jackson.

The only way the Eagles can alter Agholor’s 2019 cap hit while keeping him is if they signed him to a contract extension. There’s been no indication one is in the works, however.

The Eagles can cut or trade Agholor prior to the start of the new league to save $9.4 million entirely. The problem with doing that is Agholor has proved to be too valuable to release for nothing in return. By virtue of cutting him, the Eagles wouldn’t be eligible for a compensatory pick when he signs with a new team. It still sounds like trading Agholor is possible but it seems like Philly isn’t going to find desired value in return for their 2015 first-round selection.

And so it looks like Agholor will continue to serve as the Eagles’ slot guy in 2019. This means it’ll be him, Jackson, and Alshon Jeffery as Philly’s main receivers. That’s a talented trio for Carson Wentz to work with. Mack Hollins projects as a nice fourth option behind those main three.

Agholor will be motivated as ever to have a strong season because he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2020. Here’s hoping he delivers on the promise he showed back during his 2017 breakout.

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