Philadelphia Eagles trade Jalen Reagor to Minnesota Vikings for two late-round picks

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The Philadelphia Eagles traded wide receiver Jalen Reagor to the Minnesota Vikings, parting ways with the 2020 first-round pick just a few years after selecting him ahead of Justin Jefferson.

Reagor entered the league with significant buzz as a dangerous vertical threat with a 4.47 dash from 40 yards, drawing the Eagles. Desperate for point guards, Philadelphia drafted the TCU wide one spot ahead of Jefferson and four picks ahead of San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk.

The decision immediately backfired. Reagor missed a significant portion of training camp with a shoulder injury, then landed on injured reserve in late September with a torn ligament in his thumb. He finished with 396 receiving yards and a touchdown in his first NFL season, while Jefferson had 1,400 yards in 14 games for the Vikings.

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Philadelphia brought in a new coaching staff and made quarterback Jalen Hurts their starter, hoping that would help turn things around. As the Eagles offense saw significant improvement and the team made the playoffs, Reagor failed to make a positive impression on the coaching staff and quickly fell out of favor in the organization. .

Games Targets Receptions Reception course DT YPG First attempts
Justin Jefferson 33 292 196 3,016 17 91.4 133
Jalen Reagor 28 111 64 695 3 24.8 32
Statistics via Professional Football Reference

Given one last opportunity to prove himself in training camp, Reagor spent the majority of his time with the substitutes. While he was on the initial roster of 53 players on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Minnesota acquired Reagor for a seventh-round pick in 2023 and a conditional draft pick in 2024.

  • Philadelphia Eagles trade: Jalen Reagor
  • Minnesota Viking Trade: 2023 seventh-round pick, 2024 conditional fourth-round pick

After losing Bisi Johnson to a torn ACL, the Vikings needed a receiver. Reagor, who the team scouted ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, will get a fresh start with his new team and should have some chances as the No. 4 receiver behind Jefferson, Adam Thielen and KJ Osborn. However, he will likely find himself behind Dalvin Cook and Irv Smith Jr. for targets. The 2024 fourth-round pick will become a fifth-round pick if Reagor fails to hit specific stats.

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Wednesday’s trade is for the Eagles to give up the white flag on a disastrous pick. The decision to draft Reagor over Jefferson will prove to be one of the NFL’s biggest draft blows in recent memory, but the organization is still in excellent position to compete this season.

Philadelphia acquired AJ Brown in the 2022 NFL Draft to improve its offensive armament. After the Reagor trade, Zach Pascal and Quez Watkins will play bigger roles as secondary wide receivers when the Eagles eliminate Brown or DeVonta Smith.

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