The Colts need a WR and the Eagles need cap space. A trade for Nelson Agholor could happen.
Nelson Agholor is due $9.38 million this season. The Eagles have had a busy week signing Jason Peters to an extension, trading for DeSean Jackson, and signed Malik Johnson from the Jaguars. Not only is the cap situation not good in Philly, but our receiver core is atrocious. Save for T.Y Hilton, Jack Doyle, and Eric Ebron, our offense is very easy to defend against and requires two TEs on the field every play. With Deon Cain coming back, it’ll add a little bit of depth, but not much.
Agholor hasn’t lit up the stat board, but he’s a great slot receiver. He would give the Colts a massive upgrade at WR and provide Andrew Luck with another weapon to pick apart the defenses. Last year Agholor caught 64 passes for 736 yards with an 11.5 average. To go along with those, he only had 4 touchdowns. However, Zach Ertz is the main receiver in Philly and has been for the past few years with two developing QBs in Carson Wentz and Nick Foles.
What’s also important with Agholor is his mental toughness and Super Bowl win. We need winners on our team right now while getting back to the Peyton Manning days of not being a “circle win” team. Frank Reich is also a big fan of him, often praising him for bringing energy back to the locker room.
Obviously, the Eagles aren’t going to cut him but would rather trade him to get compensation; so what is he worth? Antonio Brown went for a 3rd and 5th round pick and Odell Beckham just went for a 1st and a 3rd along with another player. Now Agholor isn’t worth this value simply because these two are arguably the best two in the game. However, I’d say he’s worth a third maybe a fourth-round pick. Nelson being target #3 in Philly lowers his trade value on the open market with plenty of offensive options. The Colts just recently signed David Funchess to a one-year prove it deal in hopes of adding depth to our much-needed receiver core.
With over $100 million to spend in Free Agency this year, I’m hoping Chris Ballard can work his magic and help Andrew Luck gain some more weapons and bring back a winning culture to Indianapolis.