Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton is expected to hit the free agent market in a few hours from now and it appears as though he has at least one early suitor.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to explore signing Wheaton, who spent his first four years in the league with the Steelers after being drafted by them in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon State.
Eagles continue to explore various WRs, ex Steeler Markus Wheaton among them
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 9, 2017
Wheaton, who missed most of the 2016 season due to a shoulder injury, only caught 4 passes for 51 yards in the three games he appeared in. The previous two seasons he caught 53 and 44 passes respectively.
During the legal tampering period, it’s been reported that wide receivers Kenny Stills and Robert Woods have both agreed to contracts that will average roughly $8 million per season. Stills caught 42 passes last season for the Miami Dolphins while Woods caught 51 in 2016 as a member of the Buffalo Bills.
It’s hard to gauge what Wheaton’s free agency market value is right now due to his injury-plagued 2016 season, but one can easily speculate it’s lower than $8 million per season.