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Why The Eagles Are Right To Trade DeSean Jackson

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It’s time for the Philadelphia Eagles to move on from wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

That’s a sentence that I never thought I’d type, as Jackson has been one of my favourite Eagles players over the last few years. The way in which he performed in Head Coach Chip Kelly’s up tempo offense was impressive and leaves great hope for the future, however a future with DeSean Jackson is likely to have many bumps in the road.

Jackson’s time with the Eagles has been far from perfect. His hold out prior to the 2011 season, as he fought to earn a new contract, preceded a disappointing season for the team. Missed team meetings even led to previous coach Andy Reid benching the talented wide receiver ahead of a 24-17 loss in Arizona during 2011. At the start of this offseason, it was rumoured that DeSean Jackson might want to restructure his contract again.

The Eagles have a solid selection of receivers in Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and new running back/receiver Darren Sproles. They are also moving to a run first offense, with LeSean McCoy as the spearhead on offense. The 2014 draft is also packed full of quality wide receivers. Whilst the Eagles would have to move up to grab the top option in Sammy Watkins, players like the talented Kelvin Benjamin may fall to the number 22 pick currently held by the Eagles. Chip Kelly may just like the idea of grooming a young wide receiver to fit into his system and, most importantly, his team ethic.

Most importantly, the Eagles may not have the cap room to restructure or extend Jackson’s deal. Next year, both star quarterback Nick Foles and emerging cornerback Brandon Boykin become eligible for their first big deals. If both players continue to improve from their 2013 season, they will be expensive. If Jeremy Maclin performs at a high level during his one year deal, he won’t be cheap to keep around either.

What price could the Eagles get for DeSean Jackson? I would have hoped for a first or second round pick, however Derrick Gunn from CSN believes the Eagles are setting the price as at least a third round pick. Maybe Jackson’s off-field antics have affected his trade value.

If DeSean leaves the Eagles, then he leaves with my best wishes. He will be a scary talent to face as an opponent and I hope he ends up in the AFC, so the Eagles don’t have to face him too often! Maybe a spot with the New York Jets would be a good fit, especially if free agent quarterback Michael Vick makes his way to the Jets too. Let’s not forget that former Eagles offensive coordinator is currently working in the role for the Jets and that they have a need at the position.

This is truly developing into one of the more intriguing developments of the Eagles offseason.

 

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