Former 1st Rounder Jalen Reagor Dealt to Vikings
The inevitable became reality Wednesday when the Eagles traded embattled wide receiver Jalen Reagor, a 2020 first-round pick who disappointed in his first two seasons and entered his third season buried on the depth chart.
The team sent Reagor to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2023 conditional fifth-round pick that can become a fourth along with a 2024 seventh-round pick, sources told Inside The Birds, giving the former Texas Christian standout a fresh start after the Eagles had already moved on months earlier by adding at the receiver position.
Several teams called on Reagor going back to Aprils draft but, sources said, and the Vikings needed receiver help.
With the Vikings, Reagor is expected to compete as the fourth receiver and punt returner, per a source. The Vikings recently lost fourth wide receiver Bisi Johnson indefinitely to an ACL injury.
The trade marks the end of a tumultuous two-year run for Reagor in Philadelphia, where his father – former NFL defensive tackle Montae Reagor – played in 2006. Jalen Reagor finished his Eagles career with just 64 receptions for 695 yards and three receiving touchdowns, along with a 73-yard punt return touchdown.
The Eagles traded a first-round pick on the first night of the draft for Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown to complement last year’s 10th overall pick, wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Third-year receiver Quez Watkins and free-agent signing Zach Pascal were also ahead on the depth chart.
His most receptions in a game for his career is six. His highest receiving total in a game is 57 yards. His longest receiving touchdown is 23 yards.
Drafted out of TCU to inject some speed back into aging, declining Eagles offense – and infamously taken one spot ahead of his now-teammate Justin Jefferson, who has more than 3,000 receiving yards for the Vikings – Reagor suffered a shoulder injury as a rookie in training camp that kept him out several weeks and a broken finger during the regular season that required surgery and sidelined him for five games.
In 2021, Reagor and new starting quarterback Jalen Hurts didn’t make connections very often, as Reagor ultimately faded behind Smith, Goedert and Watkins in the offense.
When the Eagles traded for Brown in April, they essentially moved on from Reagor and quickly started getting calls from other teams, multiple sources told Inside The Birds.
Howie Roseman, executive vice president of football operations, was initially reluctant to trade Reagor, sources said, but came around.
The Eagles already had an extra first-round pick in 2023 and extra second-round pick in 2024 before the Reagor deal thanks to a draft-night trade they made with the New Orleans Saints.
– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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