Age: 27 (2/14/1990)
Experience: Five Seasons
2016 Season Statistics: 12 GP, 52 REC, 821 YDS, 2 TD, 41 FD
Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery could command a salary in the range of $12 million per season. That could understandably deter the New York Giants from taking a chance on him given the rumored desire to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul.
With a rare opportunity to build a legitimately elite receiving corps, however, it stands to reason that New York could benefit from signing Jeffery.
One could argue that both Odell Beckham Jr. and Jeffery are two of the Top 10 wide receivers in the NFL. Injuries have limited Jeffery’s availability over the course of the past two seasons, but he’s a 6’3″ and 212-pound force of nature who has a career average of 15.0 yards per reception.
By putting Beckham and Jeffery on opposite sides of the field with Sterling Shepard in the slot, the Giants would give Eli Manning more than enough help to lead an elite offense.
With an elite defense already in place and a vast majority of the core pieces returning, this could be a gamble worth taking. It’s also worth noting that Beckham will be a free agent during the 2018 offseason, which would make signing Jeffery an opportunity to create leverage and security.
Jeffery may not be a top priority, but it would behoove Jerry Reese to at least test the waters with the Pro Bowl receiver.