PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles rumors are heating up.
A little less than 24 hours after Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the Eagles have interest in receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright threw fuel onto the Jeffery fire.READ MORE: Police Pursuit Ends With Man Killed After Crashing Into Concrete Barrier In Northampton County, Officials Say
Allbright reported on Tuesday night that the Eagles are “trying” to acquire the Bears top receiver for a mid-round pick. The catch is, Jeffery is a free-agent after the season and — according to Allbright — the Eagles “would need to work out a long term deal” before acquiring him.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday that there is “no legitimacy” to the trade reports and that he’s “happy” with his receivers.READ MORE: At Least 2 Southwest Airlines Flights In Philadelphia Canceled After More 'Technical Issues'
Jeffery, 26, was a 2012 second round pick out of South Carolina. He had his two best seasons in 2013 and 2014 when he played a full 16-game slate. In both of those seasons, Jeffery caught at least 85 balls for 1,000 yards, and seven touchdowns.
At 6’3″, 216 pounds, Jeffery runs a 4.53 and has a 10.24 catch radius (89th percentile). In seven games this season on a struggling Bears team, Jeffery has 32 catches for 520 yards, but has yet to find the end zone.
While Jeffery would be more expensive than Smith, Eagles fans are more intrigued with the more talented and NFL productive receiver.
The NFL trade deadline is on Tuesday, November 1st.