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.