The Philadelphia Eagles had been waiting for the return of speedy wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who had been sidelined since suffering an injury in Week 2. He made his return to the field in Week 9, but only played four snaps before re-aggravating his abdominal injury.
Jackson is now set to undergo surgery which will likely keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. Now having lost its most dynamic deep threat, Philadelphia could look to replenish its WR corps through free agency. With that in mind, here are five wideouts the Eagles could sign in the coming weeks.
1. Antonio Brown
With recent news that Russell Wilson was reportedly pushing for the Seattle Seahawks to sign Antonio Brown, could the Eagles be desperate enough to do it? There's no questioning Brown's talent, but the Eagles would have to decide if the potential headache outweighs AB's on-field production.
2. Michael Crabtree
Michael Crabtree was recently on the Arizona Cardinals for a few weeks before ultimately being released. However, over his first nine games of last season, with Joe Flacco as his starting quarterback, Crabtree averaged 52.4 yards per contest and scored twice. While he's not the player he once was, Crabtree is still a reliable wideout who could give the Eagles some much-needed depth at receiver.
3. Jordan Matthews
This may be the most likely pairing, with Philadelphia already confirmed to be hosting Jordan Matthews for a physical. The former Eagle averaged 58.1 yards per game during his first three seasons in Philadelphia, but Matthews hasn't had much success lately, having been released from the San Francisco 49ers after just one game in 2019. However, at 27 years old, Matthews could still have something left in the tank.
4. Torrey Smith
When thinking about the best deep threats in the NFL over the past several years, Jackson is near the top, as is veteran receiver Torrey Smith. The long-time Ravens' speedster spent last season with the Carolina Panthers after a single season in Philadelphia. Convincing Smith to come out of retirement could be tough, but if any team can get it done, it would likely be the franchise he won his last Super Bowl with.
5. Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant hasn't played a regular-season snap since 2017, though he's said he has interest in returning to the league. He tore his Achilles before he could get on the field for the New Orleans Saints last season, but if he's healthy, Dez could prove to be a worthwhile gamble for Philadelphia. The big-bodied WR could make an impact on the Eagles, particularly in the red zone, and he'd give Carson Wentz another weapon in the passing game.
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