Heard any good rumors lately – in particular, trade rumors regarding Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson? I know I have … and it is really getting under my skin. Actually, the trading gossip I can handle – I can live with that – but to hear that the Eagles will actually release Jackson if they do not find a trading partner absolutely grinds my gears! Admittedly, I am not the greatest DeSean Jackson supporter. Truth be told – I never really liked the guy based off what I saw from him off the field, especially some comments he made. I see Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin more of a complete and true number one wide receiver than Jackson. I always argue that at least Maclin isn’t afraid of contact. Is my viewpoint unpopular – of course it is – but it is just my personal point of view. However, Jackson definitely has great trade value, much greater than Maclin, and certainly greater than the supposedly asking price of a 3rd round pick. If the Eagles are to trade him, than trade him, but do not release that man, and definitely don’t trade him for no lousy 3rd round pick. There is a lot of value in the 3rd round of the NFL draft, for sure, but for a 3rd round pick, the Eagles better be getting tons and tons of quality starters that can immediately contribute in a darn big way.
I know to some fans the capability to be a great decoy doesn’t mean much, but I think it is a undervalued ability. For whatever reason Jackson is feared throughout the league. I personally think his best asset – or only asset – is speed, and he cannot contest balls the way Maclin or many average receivers could, but hey, I’m not complaining, I’ll take the fear. People fear him and what he can do when the ball is finally in his hands and when he decides he don’t mind taking a hit and actually running with defenders surrounding him, but I digress. The fact that he lures a defensive scheme to focus on him opens up other receivers by a lot and that alone is enough to keep him for at least one more year before trading him so they can evaluate how Maclin does in this new system. I’m telling you, I would divorce from the Eagles if they just cut Jackson! Alright, I’m lying, but I would definitely ask them to sleep on the couch for a few nights.