Nelson Agholor has one of the largest contracts on the books for the Eagles. After the team exercised his fifth-year option, the slot receiver is due $9.38 million in 2019. All that money is fully guaranteed, so it’s dead money.
The Eagles could have worked out a contract extension for the 26-year-old prior to June 1 and potentially saved about $6.8 million, according to Over The Cap. Taking it a step further, the move would have given Agholor a huge vote of confidence that he was a part of their long-term plans. That didn’t happen.
On Monday morning, Agholor posted an inspirational quote from famed British philosophical writer James Allen to both Twitter and Instagram. Don’t read too much into it, though. Agholor has been known to share uplifting messages on the regular. Still, the tone of the latest one does warrant examining. He said: “Circumstances does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.”
Bound to what? Agholor’s name has come up in recent months as an intriguing piece of trade bait, too. He has been linked in a speculative deal to acquire Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars, and rumors ratcheted up when the Eagles used a second-round pick on rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport mentioned in April that many NFL teams viewed Agholor as available for the right price.
The 20th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft has enjoyed an up-and-down career in Philadelphia. It started out rather shakily under head coach Chip Kelly, but he has turned into a legitimate threat in the slot since Doug Pederson took the reins. Agholor has caught 126 balls for 1,504 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past two seasons while averaging 11.9 yards per catch. In 2017, he quadrupled his stats and asserted himself as one of the best slot receivers in football. According to Pro Football Focus, he trailed only Larry Fitzgerlad for most yards gained in the slot.
In May, Agholor told reporters he wasn’t listening to the trade rumors and emphatically stated that he wanted to remain with the Eagles. His confidence level appeared to be at an all-time high, especially after saying he had “unfinished business.”
“I didn’t really worry about it,” Agholor told NBC Sports Philadelphia. “At the end of the day, I love this place. We have unfinished business. You gotta think about it, though? What am I worried about? Am I worried that I’m going to have a job in this league? If not, not at all. I want to be an Eagle and I’m here.”
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