Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles Are Wrong to Trade DeSean Jackson


Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles appear ready to part ways with Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson. I never thought my lips would utter those words considering what Jackson did for the organization last year. In Chip Kelly’s first season as head coach, Jackson hauled in 82 receptions for a staggering 1,332 receiving yards to go along with nine touchdown grabs. If the Eagles trade Jackson, there will be a lot of production to replace.

Rumors have swirled around the National Football League that the Eagles are looking to gain a 3rd round pick as compensation for the speedy receiver. I do not see how trading away the organization’s best receiving threat will help improve the team. While I realize the Eagles are still in rebuilding mode trying to acquire the talent Kelly needs to make his version of the Philadelphia Eagles successful, Jackson is a play maker that would help any team win.

Who remembers the “Miracle at the New Meadowlands?” This guy certainly does. If it was not for Jackson’s electrifying heroics, the Eagles would not have completed their miraculous comeback against the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium during the 2010 campaign. That is the caliber of ability the Eagles would be trading away. While I understand the Eagles are wanting to build a winner through the draft, I do not think the organization should trade away a player that has mostly produced for this team. Sure Jackson had his ups and downs for the team, I will give you that. What player has not had ups and downs with their respective team?

If the Eagles are looking for a 3rd round pick, the organization should drastically reconsider. Even if the Eagles get that 3rd rounder, what kind of player would the organization be getting? Look back at the team’s 3rd round selection from 2013: nose tackle Bennie Logan from LSU. In his first year under Kelly, Logan turned out to be a fine player once he broke into the starting lineup. A great player like Logan would not be a guarantee with the 3rd rounder the team would acquire in the Jackson trade if the team were to choose that avenue.

The Eagles should reconsider trading a game changer like Jackson. It could be one of the worst mistakes made by our beloved Eagles in quite some time. Although cutting him and not gaining any compensation with draft picks would be worse.

Tags: Chip Kelly DeSean Jackson NFC East Philadelphia Eagles Trade

  • Ryan

    While I totally agree getting rid of Jackson seems like a horrible mistake there has to be something going on we don’t know about. I do not see chip getting rid of this type of playmaker just cause he doesn’t like him. But with the unknown of maclin coming off injury and our teams ability to afford Jackson I don’t understand why we can’t put up with one more year of a pro bowl wide out

  • Jack Meoff

    Did you know that my wife (“Michelle”) has a big fat lard-butt?

  • cjhowardo

    I feel like this whole thing has been falsely created because of 1 idiot who speculated it was a possibility. Then in the slow offseason news cycle, every other headline grabber latched onto it, until real anymosity between DeSean and the team appeared. I hope there can be reconciliation here. And maybe all these “sources” who have inside info about one of the most notoriously tight lipped teams in the league, can stop stirring the pot.

  • joe

    His YAC are good but otherwise he hardly gets touchdowns and first downs, and maclin is better at getting both from 2010 to 2012. Also Foles has a connection with Maclin like Cooper. Vick targeted jackson more also.

  • joe

    Not to mention Maclins bread and butter was putting up numbers in spread offenses in college. He couldnt do the same in Andy reids offense. Expect him to have a huge year.

  • David

    Joe,

    I do not feel like the Eagles can rely on Maclin’s knee to start the season. It usually takes a year or more for an ACL injury to be fully healed. I love Maclin and and I think he is going to do great things in Chip Kelly’s offense this upcoming season. I just feel like DeSean needs to be in the fold as well. Only time will tell.

  • Richard Truong

    Unless the get a 3rd, he will stay an Eagle and Eagle fans should be ecstatic because w/o Desean, Foles would be shit. Riley Cooper only got his shots because D-Jax is so fast that he attracts double teams.

  • Ryan

    He had like 30 more first downs than the next guy on the team. And the most td so you are wrong about both those points