Raiders got a steal with the Nelson Agholor signing

Nelson Agholor, Raiders
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Wide receiver Nelson Agholor has had an up-and-down NFL career. As a first round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, Agholor didn’t pop until his third season in the league when he was moved to the slot.

In 2017, Agholor had by far his best year as a pro, hauling in 62 receptions for 768 yards and eight touchdowns. Those numbers were better than his first two season’s outputs combined.

He followed his 2017 campaign up with an equally impressive outing in 2018, before taking a major step back in production last season, a contract year for the young wideout.

Once he hit the open market in free agency, he garnered little attention from around the league. He eventually signed a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders. The deal is worth up to $1.0475 million with a base salary of $910,000.

That deal makes Agholor the 101st-highest paid receiver in football, and it’ll surely drop lower as more signings happen and rookies start signing deals after the draft.

All in all, the Raiders got an absolute steal with this signing.

Agholor is best suited to play primarily in the slot. Although the Hunter Renfrow is the team’s starting slot man, Agholor is the best backup slot receiver the team could have acquired, and he should still provide the team with some play making out of the slot if Renfrow gets hurt or just needs a breather.

The major downfall to Agholor’s game has always been his lack of versatility. Having him play on the outside is borderline useless, he becomes a shell of himself when he’s forced to deal with press coverage from the outside.

Placing Agholor in a receiving group where he won’t be relied on week in and week out should suit him well.

The Raiders are getting great value with this signing. If he comes in and performs well, then they’ll have the first opportunity to sign him long-term. If he fails to impress the coaching staff, they could cut him with almost no cap penalty at all.

It’s win-win situation for Las Vegas.

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