The Philadelphia Eagles made a big move on Saturday, signing wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a four-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through 2021 and effectively removing him from the open market. This news is pertinent for the San Francisco 49ers as they were likely going to be in the veteran receiver market in the near future.
If Jimmy Garoppolo pans out for the 49ers, they will need to work quickly to surround him with talent. That likely means drafting offensive linemen, working on developing guys like George Kittle and Matt Breida, and making a push for a big-name receiver on the open market.
Jeffery signed a one-year contract with the Eagles last offseason after it was clear he wasn’t going to return to the Chicago Bears. He signed a one-year deal with hopes of impressing and earning a long-term deal. He wanted to join a contender, and the Eagles are among the best teams in the league this season.
Things have worked out quite nicely for him. Multiple reports have him getting $27 million guaranteed.
The wide receiver market for 2018 is still a pretty decent one, with guys like Davante Adams, Jarvis Landry, Paul Richardson, Sammy Watkins, Mike Wallace, Jaron Brown and a few others still set hit the open market.
Jeffery is currently 30th in the league with 43 receptions for 619 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s not in the best season of his career by any means, but he consistently has shown he’s one of the top receivers in the league, so this seems like a great move for both sides.
The 49ers got some pretty impressive play out of Pierre Garcon, their free agent signing a year ago