Alshon Jeffery, Eagles agree to 1-year deal reportedly worth $14 million

Alshon Jeffery, Eagles agree to 1-year deal reportedly worth $14 million

So much for not splashing.

The Eagles talked all offseason about how strapped they were in salary cap space and how a big deal wasn't likely. 

Pshhh. Forget that. 

The Eagles and de facto general manager Howie Roseman have landed former Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery -- the biggest name on the receiver market -- on a one-year deal. The contract is worth $14 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's not the major deal expected for Jeffery; this is more of a show-me deal. 

But it certainly makes the Eagles much more dangerous in 2017. 

With the signing of Torrey Smith earlier in the day, the Eagles have finally gotten Carson Wentz some real weapons for his second NFL season. As of now, the Eagles will have Jeffery on one side, Smith on the other, with Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz in the middle. That's pretty formidable. 

Jeffery, 27, caught 52 passes for 821 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. He was also suspended for a PED violation. One more and he'll be suspended for 10 games, just like Lane Johnson was in 2016.

In 2016, Jeffery played on a franchise tag for $14.599 million. The Bears elected not to franchise him again in 2017; that price would have been $17.5 million. Basically, by coming to the Eagles, Jeffery has franchised himself for another year. 

It seems possible Roseman will need to work some salary cap magic. The Eagles came into the day with $6.1 million, then cut Connor Barwin to save $7.75 million, but after these moves have to be in a tight spot. 

Jeffery hasn't eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark since 2014, when he was one of the best receivers in the NFL. In 2013-14, he caught 174 passes for 2,554 yards and 17 touchdowns. From 2013-15, Jeffery played under Eagles wide receivers coach Mike Groh, who held the same position for the Bears at the time. So there's some familiarity. 

At 6-3, 218 pounds, Jeffery is the type of big receiver the Eagles clearly wanted to pair with the speedy Smith. Jeffery, unlike Dorial Green-Beckham, really knows how to use his big frame. He's the type of receiver who, when he's on his game, can be dominant. In fact, in previous years, he has been dominant. 

While Jeffery's numbers have declined in recent years -- that's part of the reason why he had to sign a one-year deal -- the addition of him and Smith makes the Eagles much more formidable in 2017. Last year, the Eagles relied on guys like Nelson Agholor, Green-Beckham and Bryce Treggs. This year, they actually have some NFL receivers to pair with Wentz for his rookie season. 

Jeffery is known as a big receiver, but isn't known for being a big personality. In fact, he's known to be a quiet type, who just goes about his business. His teammates voted him as a captain in 2016. Jeffery, along with Smith, will add some veteran leadership to a position group that really lacked it a year ago. Matthews, at 24, was the veteran leader of the group last year. And the receivers were coached by first-year NFL receivers coach Greg Lewis. 

This year, the Eagles have some veterans and a veteran receivers coach. No matter how anyone feels about the deals, it would be hard to argue that the Eagles haven't greatly improved the position. 

Eagles have NFL's best offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus

Eagles have NFL's best offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus

Thanks to Lane Johnson’s suspension and a few injuries, the Eagles' offensive line unit wasn’t what most expected it to be in 2016. Should things go according to plan on the O-line in 2017, expectations are high. For Pro Football Focus, they’re as high as it gets.

PFF ranked the Eagles’ O-line No. 1 in the entire league heading into this season, citing the fact that it has the “fewest holes.”

Center Jason Kelce is considered their biggest question mark, but even though his abilities have faded a bit with age, he hasn’t missed a snap in two seasons. That has to count for something.

Allen Barbre and second-year Eagle Brandon Brooks, who allowed just one sack last season, complete the line’s interior. Then, of course, the tackle tandem of Jason Peters and Lane Johnson is hard to beat. PFF says Johnson, when on the field, was the best right tackle last season. Johnson would agree.

Even beyond the first-team unit, the Eagles have experience. Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Isaac Seumalo both saw unexpected snaps as rookies last season because of the reshuffling. That should help moving forward.

Rounding out PFF’s top three are the Browns and Steelers. Cleveland boosted its corps by signing J.C. Tretter and Kevin Zeitler in free agency. The Steelers had the best unit during the second half of last season.

More notably for Eagles fans, the Cowboys come in at No. 9 in PFF’s rankings after owning one of the league’s best O-lines in recent years. Ronald Leary and Doug Free are gone, and La’el Collins’ move to right tackle is not a sure bet for success.

Washington sits two slots below at No. 11. PFF considers continuity the 'Skins' greatest strength — they return all five O-line starters from last season and four of five from 2015.

And the Giants, well, it’ll take some scrolling to reach their spot on the list: No. 28. Left tackle Ereck Flowers was the worst among his position in pressures allowed as a rookie. Eli Manning could be in for a busy season.

NFL Notes: Saints DT Nick Fairley to miss 2017 season with heart condition

NFL Notes: Saints DT Nick Fairley to miss 2017 season with heart condition

METAIRIE, La. -- Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley is coming off one of his best NFL seasons and it might have been his last.

At the very least, he won't be playing for New Orleans in 2017.

General manager Mickey Loomis said Monday that Fairley has been placed on the team's reserve list with a non-football illness designation, meaning the 2016 starter is out for this season.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound Fairley had a career-best 6 sacks for the Saints last season, after which he signed a four-year extension worth up to $28 million.

However, symptoms related to an enlarged heart caused Fairley to miss offseason practices and minicamp while he saw specialists to determine whether playing football would be an undue health risk.

Saints coach Sean Payton has said at least one specialist recommended that the 29-year-old Fairley -- a former Auburn star and 2011 first-round draft pick by Detroit -- give up football. Payton also had mentioned that he wanted to be sure Fairley wouldn't return unless he was confident enough in his health to play to his full potential.

"The most important thing right now in our mind is his well-being," Payton said earlier this month, when Fairley's status for this season was still in doubt.

"To play this game, there's a little bit of mental toughness involved, obviously. I want to make sure, if in fact he's playing it, again that he's playing with full confidence that he's healthy to play and that nothing severe would come of him playing."

Vikings: Floyd sentenced to 1 day in jail
An Arizona judge has ordered Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd to serve one day in jail for failing alcohol tests that he blames on a type of fermented tea.

Floyd and his lawyer did not attend the Scottsdale City Court hearing and had a teleconference with Judge Statia Hendrix.

The hearing was meant to give Floyd the chance to make his case regarding the failed alcohol tests and another one he missed earlier this month, which stemmed from a 2016 drunken driving arrest where Scottsdale police say they found him passed out behind the wheel.

Vikings officials say they encouraged Floyd to drink a fermented tea called kombucha.

Hendrix ordered Floyd start his additional jail time Monday evening in Phoenix before concluding his final five days of house arrest.

Panthers: Newton throws for 1st time since shoulder surgery
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton is throwing again.

The Panthers said on Twitter on Monday the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 2015 threw his first passes since surgery in March for a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Newton is on schedule to participate in the team's training camp in July and barring setbacks should be ready for the start of the season.

The Panthers released a short black-and-white video of Newton throwing in the team's locker room.

Newton turned down interview requests through the team's public relations staff. He said on the team's website that while he's not 100 percent it felt "cool" to be throwing for the first time in six months.

Packers: Former RB Ahman Green charged with child abuse
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Former Green Bay Packers running back Ahman Green was charged Monday with felony child abuse after his 15-year-old daughter told police he punched her in the face.

Green, 40, is also charged with disorderly conduct in the incident late Sunday in the Green Bay suburb of Ledgeview.

According to a criminal complaint, Green's daughter told police that he struck her in the face in a dispute over getting her to do the dishes. She also said he threw her to the ground and against kitchen cabinets.

According to the complaint, Green told deputies he "may have" thrown his daughter to the ground and against cabinets. He said he slapped her in the head and believed he may have hit her glasses, causing a swollen eye, according to the complaint.

A court commissioner ordered Green's release Monday on a $2,500 signature bond after ordering him to have no contact with his daughter or others who may have witnessed the incident.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Green's next court appearance was set for July 11, to give him time to hire an attorney. Green appeared in court via teleconference from the Brown County Jail. Lee Schuchart, a public defender representing Green at Monday's appearance, called the incident "a constitutional issue" involving "parental rights."

Lammi Sports Management, which has handled Green's appearances, had no immediate comment.

Green was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2014. He is the team's all-time leading rusher and a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Green starred at Nebraska, then spent the first two seasons of his 12-year NFL career in Seattle. He played for Houston in 2007-08, but spent most of his career in Green Bay, his last season coming in 2009.