YES. The Eagles need to revamp the Wide Receiver position, but WR Greg Ward and WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, are not solid enough to rebuild off of. This is why we need to keep WR DeSean Jackson and WR Alshon Jeffery.
Both are already under contract for the 2020 season, and already part of a structure that affords us (at least) 42M in salary cap space. Whether or not Jackson can still fly, remains to be seen. Even if he can’t however, he is still a credible NFL receiver. Jeffery on the other hand, even nicked up last year, showed that he can still produce strong games even as the focal point of a defensive secondary.
Combining Jackson, Jeffery and Ward could be dangerous, whether or not the Eagles draft a stud WR in 2020. If we do draft a top-tier player, the rookie has Jackson and Jeffery learn from, as opposed to Ward and Arcega-Whiteside to learn from.
There are those who would say that we should go out and add Dallas free agent WR Amari Cooper, in Jeffery’s place. That would be stupid. Coop no doubt has all kinds of talent, but in Dallas just like in Oakland, he has games where he just…disappears.
As a guy who also roots for the Raiders, I cannot begin to tell you how maddening this trait was in him. Especially with a QB like Derek Carr. So to bring Cooper HERE? For TWICE Jeffrey’s base salary? No. No. NO! There’s no need, for such… Such madness.
A talented, already affordable, veteran, who already knows our system? These are great aspects to have in a single WR. However, WE, have that in two. Each dangerous in his own fashion. So we should keep them. Both of them, and use them a starting point for the rebuild.
A rebuild which has to begin sooner, rather than later.