Does free-agent WR John Brown make sense for the Eagles?
Teams across the NFL are scrambling to stay under the $182.5M cap this offseason (reduced from $198.2 last year). The Buffalo Bills are no exception as they released veteran WR John Brown on Wednesday to save $8M in cap space. Brown has been a productive weapon for Buffalo over the last two seasons and should have a number of teams vying for his services once free agency begins. Could the Eagles be in the mix?
Brown is just one season removed from catching 72 passes for 1,060 yards and six touchdowns. Injuries as well as the addition of Stefon Diggs saw his usage decrease in 2020, having 33 receptions for just 458 yards. When healthy, however, Brown is a downfield threat on offense.
Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward are currently the oldest WRs on the Eagles’ roster, less than ideal for Jalen Hurts as he prepares for his first season as a starter:
- Greg Ward: Age 25
- Travis Fulgham: Age 25
- JJ Arcega-Whiteside: Age 24
- John Hightower: Age 24
- Quez Watkins: Age 22
- Jalen Reagor: Age 21
Marquise Goodwin aside (if he’s in Philadelphia next season), there isn’t a ton of experience in that wide receiver room. Even with the buzz surrounding Ja’Marr Chase amongst other receivers in this upcoming draft, you still need a veteran pass-catcher to help develop young talent. Many speculated the Eagles would be in on Brown before he signed his three-year, $27M deal with Buffalo in 2019. The Eagles elected to sign DeSean Jackson instead.
Brown will be turning 31 in April, so the team will have to decide if they’ll be competitive enough next season to warrant spending money on an older free agent. After restructuring Javon Hargrave’s contract, the Eagles still remain roughly $17M over the cap. Zach Ertz’ departure is expected this offseason as well as Malik Jackson’s release to free up additional cap space.
Brown also has experience throwing the ball and would be a welcome addition to the QB factory.
QB JOHN BROWN TOUCHDOWN. 😱pic.twitter.com/cEoxP9XgQc— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 28, 2019
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