In news that should come as a surprise to exactly no one, Nelson Agholor won’t be returning to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020. The free agent wide receiver is instead signing a one-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders, as first reported by Jerry McDonald.
Here’s what we previously wrote about Agholor in our Eagles position outlook series.
Review: There was pressure on Agholor to produce in 2019. His $9.4 million salary ranked 26th among all players at his position in terms of annual value. Spoiler alert: he did not produce. Agholor egregiously dropped a potential game-winning touchdown in Week 2. That was just one of the many mistakes he made. He totally failed to establish himself as a much-needed vertical threat with Jackson missing. Agholor managed to create some separation, sure, but he regularly struggled to track the ball in the air. Agholor re-aggravated a knee injury he originally suffered early in the season while failing to track a potential game-tying touchdown against the Patriots in Week 11. Agholor missed Week 12 and came back in Week 13 before then having to sit out for the rest of the season due to apparent swelling in his knee.
Outlook: It’s in the best of interest of both Agholor and the Eagles to move on this offseason. Agholor’s contributions to the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII win should always be cherished. It’s just hard to not think about all the frustrating moments that Agholor has provided since failing to fully live up to expectations as the team’s 2015 first-round pick. There were many times where it felt like he was actively making the team worse, as opposed to just being a non-factor. Agholor is bound to sign with another in free agency.
I think it’s safe to say Eagles fans are not exactly sad to see him go.
Here’s wishing Agholor the best in Las Vegas. He still has at least one believer in the form of Raiders general manager and Philly native Mike Mayock.
As far as what this development means for the Eagles, well, they’ll have a new starting slot receiver moving forward. It remains to be seen exactly who will fill that position. Greg Ward ended the 2019 season in that role but the team could easily look to add some upgrades through the 2020 NFL Draft.