The Eagles are going to add a productive, veteran wide receiver in free agency, or at least they should — they need to. Yet if you're expecting the organization to make a big splash and sign Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery, you may not want to get your hopes up.
While an earlier report did loosely connect the Eagles to Jeffery, who's widely considered the best receiver headed to the market, the odds aren't in the club's favor. One prop bet set by BookMaker.eu has the 2013 Pro Bowler at 3/2 to return to Chicago, the overwhelming favorite among the teams believed to be in the hunt.
The Eagles come in with the next best odds at landing Jeffery, but by a wide margin: 9/1. The full list can be seen below.
Alshon Jeffery team in Week 1 of 2017-18 regular season
Chicago Bears +150 Philadelphia Eagles +900 San Francisco 49ers +1400 Tennessee Titans +1500 Miami Dolphins +2000 Baltimore Ravens +2500 Field -105
As you can see, the best odds are still on Jeffery to wind up anywhere but the Bears, so that may provide some solace to Eagles fans who choose to remain hopeful. Then again, the field is only a slim favorite here, which speaks to strong confidence in Chicago retaining.
That means the Eagles could be left to choose from a number of slightly lesser receivers in free agency, albeit there are some quality players heading to the market. Although, once people start to hear what some of those guys could cost — a deeper look into that here — that may only increase the clamoring for Jeffery.
The Eagles will no doubt look into Jeffery when free agency opens this March, but the odds seem to signal the Bears may not be willing to be outbid on a homegrown talent and arguably their only legitimate star.
The team doctor's aren't so sure. Joel is currently listed as doubtful for both of the Sixers games this weekend.
But that didn't stop JoJo from talking some smack with one of his favorite teammates, Dario Saric, while battling in a little one-on-one after practice.
Embiid was seen by reporters using some colorful language directed in Saric's direction, screaming "you can't ****-ing guard me!" while the two went at it.
The chatter didn't stop there. Embiid was later asked about the one-on-one and unleashed a little more on Dario.
"He don't like playing me," Embiid said. "He never wins and he doesn't handle me talking trash to him. I would love to play against him all the time because that gives me a lot of confidence beating him every day."
"It's fun playing against him. We both like to compete."
"That's my guy," he added.
And Sixers fans love them both. Let's just hope to see more of them teaming up in actual games soon.