Nelson Agholor is on the way up in his NFL career and the Eagles want to make sure he's in Philadelphia as a huge part of the offense. As expected, the team exercised its fifth-year option for the 2019 season on Agholor, a first-round draft pick in 2015, the Eagles announced on Monday.
"Nelson has shown how productive he can be and how versatile he is," head coach Doug Pederson said after the 2018 NFL Draft concluded on Saturday. "He really stepped up for us last season. He came into his own. He's got a lot more in him and I'm excited to see what he can do in this offense."
After two seasons in which he caught a total of 59 passes for 648 yards and three touchdowns, Agholor moved into the slot in 2017 and blossomed. He ended the regular season with 62 receptions, 768 yards, and eight touchdowns, and then added 15 catches for 167 yards in the three postseason games. Along the way, Agholor achieved some notable numbers in his breakout season.
- Tied for 7th among NFL WRs with a career-high eight receiving TDs, trailing only DeAndre Hopkins (13), Davante Adams (10), Antonio Brown (9), Alshon Jeffery (9), Marvin Jones Jr. (9) and Jarvis Landry (9)
- Ranked 1st in the NFL in third-down yards per reception (17.5) (min. 20 receptions)
- Led the Eagles with three 50-yard-plus receptions, which were the most by an Eagle in a single season since Jeremy Maclin in 2014 (7)
- Posted a career-high nine receptions for 84 yards in Super Bowl LII against New England. Tied for the 2nd-most receptions in Eagles playoff history, trailing only Brent Celek's 10 receptions on January 18, 2009 at Arizona
- Totaled 59 yards on three receptions (19.7 avg.) in the 38-7 win vs. Minnesota in the NFC Championship Game. Extended a 12-play, 92-yard TD drive in the third quarter with a 42-yard reception on third down
- Helped set up an Eagles touchdown drive (1-yard rushing TD by LeGarrette Blount) with a 21-yard gain on an end around in the 15-10 win vs. Atlanta in the Divisional Round. Marked the longest rush ever by an Eagles WR in the playoffs and the longest overall by an Eagles WR since DeSean Jackson on October 17, 2010 vs. Atlanta (31 yards) Players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft have a fifth-year club option added to their contract. Players selected in other rounds sign four-year deals. The option allows a team to retain a player's rights for five years rather than the standard four, which is the bonus of selecting a player in the first round. In order to extend the contract, the team must inform the player during the period between the last regular-season game of his third contract year and May 3 of the next League Year.
The fifth-year option is non-negotiable, and the non-compensation terms from a player's rookie contract will be transferred to the fifth year.