After the best season of his career, DeSean Jackson has been placed on the trade block.
It seems that wherever there’s smoke, there is fire indeed. The speculation that wanted the Philadelphia Eagles contemplating trading or releasing DeSean Jackson appears to be true.
According to CSN Philly and their undisclosed source, the Eagles are willing to trade Jackson for at least a third-round pick.
The same source also says that the Birds had inquiries about Jackson last year too, but no trade materialized. The reason was that they weren’t able to get what they wanted in return (reportedly a second-round pick).
A little later, I got confirmation from Twitter:
Can confirm #Eagles are entertaining offers for DeSean Jackson — 3rd round pick is their asking price.
— Inside The Film (@insidethefilm) March 18, 2014
The rumors on Jackson’s future started with a Jimmy Kempski’s post (read it here) and really took off when the people at FFToolbox tweeted this:
— FFToolbox.com (@fftoolbox) March 10, 2014
As the days went by, a number of fans made fun of FFToolbox on Twitter, but right now it looks like they knew what they were talking about.
Tim McManus reported that Jackson’s camp had no idea about the overall situation and that he thought “he would at least be worthy of some kind of communication.”
DeSean Jackson had a career year in 2013, his first season in Chip Kelly’s offense. He caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl – his third overall and his first since 2010.
The relationship between the two men wasn’t always “rosy”. Kelly had Jackson practicing with the second and the third team for some days during training camp. That was probably because he didn’t like the wideout’s attitude and wanted to show him that he runs the team now and things are done differently.
A third-round pick is probably a very cheap price for DeSean Jackson, even for teams that do not need to add a wide receiver. But think again, the Eagles have no leverage from the moment the whole thing received so much publicity.
Right now, the Carolina Panthers and the Kansas City Chiefs are the most desperate teams for a playmaker. The latter makes most sense, with Andy Reid being the head coach.
I am not someone who knows how the Eagles locker room works, but if I had to name a guy that I imagine to be the biggest issue there, I’d say Jackson. However, I don’t know and I can’t tell how bad things were that Philadelphia wants to trade away its best option at wide receiver.
It looks like the Eagles are making a huge mistake right now, but I am confident that Howie Roseman and Kelly wouldn’t choose that path without a plan on their minds. We have to wait and see how the situation will develop.