Regardless of what happens in 2020 or how he produces, all roads lead to this being DeSean Jackson’s final run in a Philadelphia Eagles jersey.
Let’s talk a little history. Believe it or not, long ago, DeSean Jackson was the second of ten prospects the Philadelphia Eagles‘ added in 2008’s version of the NFL Draft. They took Trevor Laws two slots earlier than the wide receiver and return specialist with the 47th-overall selection. Yes, it’s hard to believe that now, but it’s true.
We’ve long known that “10” was also the valedictorian of a draft class that included the likes of defensive end Bryan Smith, safety Quintin Demps, and cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu. As a member of the Eagles, Jackson’s hauled in 384 receptions for 6,597 yards and 34 touchdowns. Those numbers include six playoff games.
He’s added another 1,468 yards and four touchdowns on 142 career punt returns. He’s even reached the end zone three times as a runner.
After Jackson was released by the Eagles on March 28th of 2014 and signed with the Washington Redskins on April 2nd of that same year, there’s been constant talk of the possibility of him returning. We thought that day would come in 2017, but he aligned himself with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Two forgettable seasons finally helped lead him home, and here we are, entering the second season of a love affair that could end after the current campaign.
“10” will always hold a special place in the hearts of Eagles fans, but there’s a possibility that this could be his final run in the “City of Brotherly Love”. That’s probably the most realistic theory. Here are three reasons why that’s the case.