Eagles sign WRs Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, release DE Connor Barwin

Eagles released defensive end Connor Barwin early Thursday morning

One of the worst and youngest receiving corps in the NFL underwent a major rebuild on the first day of free agency, and the Philadelphia Eagles didn't stop there, opting to beef up their offensive line with a player who was the 10th overall selection in the draft four years ago.

First things first: those receivers.

The Birds landed perhaps the plum of the free-agent crop at his position, agreeing to terms with former Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery, who is 6-4, 230 pounds, signed a one-year deal that will pay him $14 million. He reportedly turned down a multi-year deal with the Vikings to join the Eagles and, presumably, play with Carson Wentz while trying to earn a longer-term deal from his new team.

The Eagles also added former 49ers and Ravens wideout Torrey Smith, signing him to a three-year contract worth $15 million.

Jeffery and Smith immediately become the opening-day starters. Unless he is traded, Jordan Matthews will work in the slot.

The bonus addition to the roster came along the offensive line as Executive Vice President Howie Roseman added guard Chance Warmak, who was the Tennessee Titans' first-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Alabama.

Warmak started 48 straight games but a hand injury that required surgery ended last season for him after just two games. His signing could mean the end of the line for center Jason Kelce, since the team now must find a way to get back under the salary cap. Terms of Warmak's contract have not been released.

Warmak played under Eagles line coach Jeff Stoutland when the two were at Alabama.

Jeffery and Smith also have ties to current Eagles.

New receivers coach Mike Groh was Jeffery's position coach when the two were in Chicago. Smith and vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas were together when they were with the Ravens.

The Birds made an under-the-radar move earlier in the day when they chose to bring back linebacker and specials teams standout Najee Goode. Goode signed a one-year deal worth $850,000 with incentives.

The first move the team made wasn't an addition, but a subtraction, when it cut defensive end Connor Barwin.

Barwin, who turns 31 in October, had hoped to restructure his contract to stay in Philly, a town in which he became a pillar of the community through philanthropic efforts of his Make The World Better Foundation.

A reworked deal was not forthcoming, nor could the Birds find a trade partner.

Releasing Barwin will save the team nearly $8 million against the salary cap.

He started all 64 regular-season games in his four years with the Eagles and leaves Philadelphia tied for 13th in team history with 31.5 sacks. In 2014, Barwin was named second-team Associated Press All-Pro and secured his first trip to the Pro Bowl after leading the NFC with a career-high 14.5 sacks.

"Connor Barwin is a tremendous teammate, player and an even better person," Roseman said. "He represented the Philadelphia Eagles with class and integrity for the past four seasons and we appreciate his efforts both on and off the field. It's rare to come across a player who invests so much of himself in the locker room, as a leader on the field, and with his relentless work ethic. His work in the community will have a lasting impact on our city that we can all be very proud of. Obviously this was a difficult decision for us, but we wish him and his family all the best. On behalf of all of us, we just wanted to say thank you and we all hope that our paths cross again in the future."

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