3 Free Agent Wide Receivers the Eagles Should Target If They Trade Alshon Jeffery

Jason Schandl
Alshon Jeffery only played 10 games for the Eagles in 2019.
Alshon Jeffery only played 10 games for the Eagles in 2019. / Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

A thin wide receiver corps was one of the Philadelphia Eagles' biggest weaknesses in the 2019 season, and that issue could get worse before it gets better.

Alshon Jeffery missed six games due to injury last year, bringing his total to nine over the last two seasons. He also saw his yards per reception plummet to 11.4, down from 13.0 in 2018, and now there are rumors that he could be traded.

If the Eagles do ship Jeffery off, they'll need to make some significant free agent acquisitions at wide receivers. These are three players they should target.

1. Amari Cooper

Amari Cooper catches a pass against the Eagles.
Amari Cooper catches a pass against the Eagles. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Amari Cooper is far from a lock to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys, but that doesn't necessarily mean he's leaving the NFC East. The Eagles have over $48 million in cap space (No. 17 in the NFL), so they can afford to make a big singing or two in free agency. Given their need at WR, that's a position where they could choose to make a splash — especially if it takes a top-end playmaker away from their division rivals. Cooper just averaged a career-best 10.0 yards per target in his first full season with the Cowboys, which had him tied for ninth among qualifying WRs. He's a legitimate stud on the outside, and adding the 25-year-old Cooper would give Carson Wentz an elite WR option for years to come.

2. A.J. Green

A.J. Green on the sideline of a game against the Bills.
A.J. Green on the sideline of a game against the Bills. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

Eagles fans may groan at the idea of bringing in another wideout with injury concerns, but A.J. Green's upside is well worth it. He got in nine games in 2018, and his 15.1 yards per reception that year were as impressive as ever, eclipsing his 14.8-yard career average. The Eagles would give Green an upgrade at QB compared to what he's used to, as Wentz has a career average of 7.1 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A), compared to 6.8 for Andy Dalton. If Green is healthy, he should still have a couple of great seasons left in the tank.

3. Robby Anderson

Robby Anderson during a game against the Steelers.
Robby Anderson during a game against the Steelers. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Whether DeSean Jackson returns at full health or not, it couldn't hurt to add another burner on the outside. Robby Anderson's 15.0 yards per reception in 2019 rank fourth among free agent WRs that caught at least 30 passes, and that big-play ability is nothing new. He also recorded 15.0 yards per reception in 2018 and 14.9 in 2017, with significantly worse quarterback play than he would get in Philly with Wentz at the helm. Somewhat hidden in a lowly Jets' offense, Anderson has been one of the league's premier deep threats since entering the league in 2016. Only five wideouts with 200-plus receptions have averaged more yards per catch than Anderson's 14.8 since he debuted.

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