For Eagles and Alshon Jeffery, 1-year deal isn't an issue

For Eagles and Alshon Jeffery, 1-year deal isn't an issue

Alshon Jeffery isn't concerned with not signing a long-term deal with the Eagles.

The 27-year-old receiver was viewed as the prize of the free-agent receiver crop but signed just a one-year deal.

Jeffery is a man of few words but said all the right things in his introductory press conference Friday. When asked in several different ways about his one-year deal, Jeffery continued to avert the question and mention his excitement to be here.

"I really don't think about that," Jeffery said of not getting a long-term contract. "I'm just focusing on playing football. Whatever happens after the season happens. Right now I'm just one day at a time."

Jeffery certainly seems like a perfect fit for the Eagles on the field. A second-round pick by the Bears in 2012, the 6-foot-4 wideout has been to a Pro Bowl and recorded two 1,000-yard seasons. The Eagles haven't had a receiver reach the 1,000 mark since Jeremy Maclin's final season with the team in 2014.

De facto GM Howie Roseman braced Eagles fans for the possibility that the team wasn't going to make a splash in free agency. Instead, Roseman went out and signed the top receiver on the market to fix a glaring need.

According to Roseman, Jeffery was a player the team had targeted all along. It was just a matter of getting him at the right price.

"Well, I wouldn't necessarily say it was something that we wanted,"  Roseman said of the one-year deal. "But from our perspective, it was a win-win situation, and when you have guys on one-year deals, you still have options. I mean, you have tags at your disposal. You have exclusive negotiating rights before free agency.

"For us, we thought it was a great opportunity to get a player who's extremely talented and has something to prove and wanted to be here."

Jeffery is essentially on an expensive one-year tryout. The Eagles' cap situation is tight, but Jeffery has shown the ability to be an elite pass catcher. And as Roseman mentioned, if Jeffery plays well, the team will have options in the offseason.

With that said, Jeffery does come with a certain level of risk. His numbers have dipped, and he's missed time the last two seasons because of injuries and a PED suspension. Jeffery was contrite when asked about his misstep that cost him four games last season.

"[I'm] just focusing on what I put in my body," Jeffery said. "Just being more careful. I'm past that. I'm going to have the right [people], like everyone around me, we're going to be on the same page. From the team standpoint, whatever happens, I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen again."

Joined by vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, Roseman said he understood the risk but was comfortable with a deal for Jeffery.

"Joe was with [Jeffery] in Chicago," Roseman said. "Dwayne Joseph, our pro director, was with him in Chicago. Our wide receiver coach [Mike Groh] was with him in Chicago. [Running backs coach] Duce Staley, we all know about him in South Carolina. We had a lot of information on him, and he wanted to be here, which is always a good thing to have, and he was excited about the direction we were going in."

Jeffery said that Groh wasn't a factor in him choosing the Eagles but that he was glad to be back with him. Jeffery enjoyed his best seasons under Groh in 2013 and 2014. In those two seasons, Jeffery caught a combined 174 passes for 2,554 yards and 17 touchdowns.

In the last two seasons, Jeffery has found the end zone only six times, but he could give the Eagles' red zone offense a much needed shot in the arm. When asked about his favorite routes that have led to success in that department, Jeffery didn't mince words.

"There's a only a few routes you can run," Jeffery said.

When pressed further, Jeffery, as he did during the entire presser, put it simply.

"Just throw it up."

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

As the annual NFL meetings get set to kick off next week, the Eagles originally proposed four playing rule changes and a resolution that could have eventually led to bringing back Kelly green uniforms as an alternate option. 

But after getting feedback from the NFL's competition committee, the Eagles are withdrawing all but one proposal, according to league sources. 

The only one left would prohibit players from leaping over the line of scrimmage on kicking plays. For now, players are allowed to leap line as long as they don't make contact. That proposal, which the NFLPA has previously supported, seems likely to pass. 

That means the other three playing rule changes and the proposal to allow teams to wear helmets that would match their alternative jerseys won't be specifically discussed. 

Translation: No Kelly green jerseys yet. 

Among the 15 proposed playing rule changes the league released on Friday, teams were responsible for seven of them and the Eagles accounted for four of the seven. 

Just because a specific proposal won't be directly discussed, it doesn't mean that topic won't be discussed by the committee in Phoenix during next week's annual league meetings. 

For instance, one of the Eagles' proposals would alter the current replay system. While the Eagles' individual proposal won't be discussed, replay will be a topic of discussion during the meetings.

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is expected to back up Mike Glennon next season.

The Bears announced the one-year contract Friday. Chicago is coming off a season in which it went 3-13 and finished last in the NFC North.

The Bears cut quarterback Jay Cutler this month after eight seasons and the next day signed Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a three-year deal.

Sanchez played in two games last season with the Dallas Cowboys, throwing for 93 yards on 10 of 18 attempts. He spent five of his eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets before going to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The former Southern California star has appeared in six playoff games. He was selected fifth overall in the 2009 draft.

Redskins: WR Brian Quick signs
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins have signed former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick.

The team announced the deal Friday morning after agent Patrick Dye posted a photo of Quick signing his contract on SportsTrust Advisors' verified Twitter account.

The signing adds depth to the Redskins' receiving corps after they lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency.

Quick, 27, is 6-foot-5 and gives Washington another tall option along with recently signed receiver Terrelle Pryor. Quick had 41 catches for 564 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Rams.

The 33rd pick in the 2012 draft, Quick has 105 catches for 1,499 yards and 10 touchdowns in 67 games over five seasons with the Rams. He missed part of the 2014 season with a shoulder injury.

Panthers: Jonathan Stewart signs extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says the 30-year-old Stewart "is still playing at a very high level."

Stewart played in 13 games last season for Carolina and ran for 824 yards with nine touchdowns. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry.

Gettleman isn't worried about Stewart's durability, even though the team's former first-round draft pick has not played in a full 16-game season since 2011 and has missed 24 games the past five seasons with injuries.

Stewart, entering his 10th season, is Carolina's second all-time leading rusher with 6,638 yards and has scored 45 touchdowns rushing and six receivin

Colts: release veteran DT Arthur Jones
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts released defensive tackle Arthur Jones on Friday.

A six-year veteran, Jones was scheduled to cost the team $7.35 million next season. Indianapolis will save $5 million under the salary cap with the move.

Jones did his best work while with Baltimore from 2010-14. He then signed a five-year contract for a total value of $33 million with the Colts, but struggled in Indy. He appeared in 17 games and managed only 1 1-2 sacks and 53 tackles for the Colts.

He was plagued by a series of injuries and also served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.

Jones, 30, did not play in 2015 because of an ankle injury. He played in eight games last season, with 15 tackles.