A program manager for UBS in Chicago, Stanford University graduate Timothy “Tim” Shields has worked in the financial sector since 1993. When he isn’t completing long-term process projects such as modernizing UBS’ video conferencing assets, Tim Shields enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles missed the playoffs in 2016 despite a decent rookie campaign by quarterback Carson Wentz. The second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft threw for 3,782 passing yards, yet only one of the team’s wide receivers finished within the top 50 league-wide in receiving yards. Jordan Matthews finished 48th, with 804 yards, while Dorial Green-Beckham was 124th, with 392 yards. Tight end Zach Ertz and running back Darren Sproles cracked the top 120, but it was clear the team needed help at the wide receiver position.
Recognizing that area of weakness, the Eagles management wasted little time in reaching out to free agents. On the morning of March 9, it was announced that the team signed Torrey Smith to a three-year, $15 million contract. The former San Francisco 49er ranks second among active wide receivers in yards per reception and should provide Wentz with a passing option down the field. The Eagles added an additional threat to its wide receiving core later that afternoon when it signed former Chicago Bear Alshon Jeffery to a one-year, $14 million contract. The 27 year old has acquired 4,549 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns since entering the league in 2012.