There have been so many conflicting reports about the Philadelphia Eagles’ possible pursuit of shipping veteran wideout DeSean Jackson that it’s difficult to discern truth from rumor. Jackson, who is currently fourth in team history in receiving yards, is due $12.5 million in 2014 and is in the third year of a five-year, $47 million “make-good” contract extension signed in 2012.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been radio-silent on the matter, which is unusual given that all it would take is an endorsement from any member of the organization with the clout for it to resonate in order for rumors to be dispelled. Despite an attempt by the Philadelphia Enquirer’s Jeff McLane to ask Eagles general manager Howie Roseman about the rumors, it was essentially whisked away with a non-committal joke and the press conference ended shortly thereafter.
On Tuesday, there was a report that the Eagles were interested in moving Jackson for a third round pick, which (in my opinion, justifiably) sparked outrage from fans. That’s an absurdly low price point for a player of Jackson’s caliber, even if the market is currently saturated with free-agent receivers and Draft prospects. More recently, conflicting reports are surfacing that claim DeSean Jackson has (and then hasn’t) spoken with Eagles head coach Chip Kelly about the trade rumors.
What it boils down to is that from every “report” that has surfaced, there is so much uncertainty from “sources” that it’s nearly impossible to accurately gauge the situation and begin to telegraph the next move. For all we know right now, the Eagles are simply letting these rumors fester in order to motivate Jackson away from any potential bad decisions, whether on or off the field.