Alshon Jeffery‘s agent, Tory Dandy, refuted the rumors that his client would welcome a “change of scenery” from the Eagles.
— Tory Dandy (@ToryDandy) February 21, 2020
According to Hughes, Jeffery would “welcome the change of scenery” if the Eagles are able to find a trade partner for him.
Hughes explains that trading Jeffery is going to be a challenge for the Eagles, given that Philadelphia restructured his contract last September, which in turn guaranteed his $11.5 million base salary for the 2020 season.
Releasing Jeffery outright would result in the Eagles taking a $26 million cap hit.
In order to trade Jeffery, the Eagles may have to entice a team by including a draft picks in the deal much like the Texans did to move Brock Osweiler a few years ago.
Hughes also explores the possibility of whether the Jets could be a potential landing spot for Jeffery, depending on what the Eagles elect to do this offseason.
Jeffery, 30, was taken in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Bears. He played out the final year of his four-year, $4.54 million rookie contract with Chicago before agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract with the Eagles in 2017.
Jeffery later signed a four-year, $52 million deal with Philadelphia and will make a base salary of $11,500,000 for the 2019 season.
In 2019, Jeffery appeared in 10 games for the Eagles and caught 43 passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for two yards and a touchdown.