After a confident 11-1 start to the 2017 season, the Philadelphia Eagles extended wide receiver Alshon Jeffery’s contract to four years and $52 Million, securing him to the team through the 2021 season. Jeffery has been a key piece to the Eagles success, developing rapport with MVP candidate quarterback Carson Wentz. The deal announced Saturday afternoon comes amidst one of Jeffery’s strongest season in his career after arriving to the team on a one-year deal from the Chicago Bears in the 2017 off-season.
Philadelphia Eagles Sign Alshon Jeffery to Extension
Alshon Jeffery’s extension will secure the stellar wide receive to the Eagles rhythmic and fun offense through the 2021 season. The price tagged to the 6’4” target comes at $52 million, with $1 million in incentives, and another $27 million in guarantees – a complimentary reward for his performance so far.
Jeffery has imposed his will on cornerbacks this season, catching 43 passes through 11 games. Those 43 receptions have turned into 619 yards and seven touchdowns, putting him on pace to beat his career high in touchdowns (10), and close to his career high in receptions (89). The 2017 campaign also marks a jovial season of health for Jeffery, who has not finished a season since 2014.
“Alshon [Jeffery] has been a tremendous addition to this organization on and off the field,” the Eagles said in a team statement. “We place a priority on making sure we are able to build the team around quality players like Alshon [Jeffery] who embrace this team and this city the way he has. We are excited about his future here.”
In week 13, the Eagles will be traveling to the Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football; a highly anticipated and meaningful matchup for both teams. Jeffery will be facing a Seahawks defense without all-star cornerback Richard Sherman, but still will be looking to help the Eagles team come away with a revenge win after a mid-season loss in Seattle last year. A victory would allow the Eagles to be the first NFL team to secure their division, etching them closer to a number one seed in the NFC.