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Eagles sign free agent WRs Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith

12 March 2017, 12:57 | Simon Arnold

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The deal is for just one year and for $14 million according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Jeffery caught 52 passes for 821 yards and 2 touchdowns in 12 games for Chicago past year despite serving a four-game suspension. He produced back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2013 and 2014.

The rebuilding Chicago Bears entered 2017's free agency period with more than $54 million in salary cap space and hopes of using at least some of that room to keep Pro Bowl receiver Alshon Jeffery. The signing was a big one for the Eagles because they lacked a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver on their roster.

Jeffery is a man of few words but said all the right things in his introductory press conference Friday.

"I don't know that this says anything other than this will help Jordan Matthews", Roseman said. Jeffery is a guy that has killed the Vikings, and has had to deal with a fairly significant injury history.but when healthy he's one of the best receivers in the game.

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Wentz didn't put up MVP-caliber numbers past year, but perhaps with Smith, Jeffery and Jordan Matthews on the field he can make a case in 2017. Jeffery had a quick start to his career as he caught a touchdown in his first National Football League game against the Colts at Soldier Field in a 41-20 Bears victory. The infraction led to a four-game suspension that derailed Jeffery's fifth season in the league and ultimately expedited his departure from Chicago, where he had developed into a bona fide star.

Alshon Jeffery did not get paid. The deal comes essentially as a one year deal with two more one-year options.

Although the Eagles probably will need two new starting cornerbacks this year, the thinking of most experts is they could find both of them after the first round.

"I thought he did a good job taking care of his body this year", Pace told the Chicago Tribune.

The Philadelphia Eagles gave rookie quarterback Carson Wentz the keys to the kingdom immediately in 2016. He had just 53 catches for 930 yards combined in the two seasons. "Like I said, the sky's the limit for him". Regardless, it was a classy and professional statement put out by Jeffery that offers some closure for his time with the Bears.

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