The Philadelphia Eagles recently retained two wide receivers that were scheduled to hit the free-agent market in a matter of days by re-signing Riley Cooper to a five-year contract and Jeremy Maclin for one year. Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com recently introduced a scenario that would have the team parting with veteran playmaker DeSean Jackson in favor of Maclin and Cooper, and it’s an interesting situation to consider. Eventually, it was even rumored by other media outlets that Jackson was “one false move” from being outright released. Could the Eagles really be preparing for a post-DeSean experience?
I think it’s extremely unlikely that the Eagles take the field in Week 1 without their most dangerous receiver since he was drafted in the second round in 2008. Sure, he’s due for a salary increase to the tune of earning $10.5 million in 2014, but the Eagles knowingly signed Jackson to that deal aware that this situation would present itself. It’s also something to consider that Jackson alluded to wanting to be paid more if the option were there, but at the end of the day he didn’t demand a new contract or pout — he answered a question he was asked, honestly.
The only way this rumor gets any legs, and potentially some steam behind it, is if Eagles Vice President of Player Personnel Tom Gamble is interested in throwing a bone to his former team of employment, the San Francisco 49ers, and gaining one or more of their plethora of draft picks. It’s difficult to gauge what compensation for Jackson would be, but if I’m the Eagles I don’t let him go for less than a second round pick at absolute minimum.
That said, it’s a topic that I believe represents the true start of an Eagles offseason that has been one the most drama-free that I can personally recall. When all is said and done, after the free agents have signed and draft picks have arrived to Training Camp on time, I feel pretty confident that DeSean Jackson will be lining up to test the new and improved Philadelphia perspective where he belongs; in Eagles green.