Every week my e-mail ([email protected]), gets flooded with readers from our site asking me questions about various Philadelphia sports topics. Normally they are topics that I either already am planning to answer in one of my daily pieces, or I try to work into our sites’ content. Unfortunately, some questions go unanswered, which lead me to the idea of doing a weekly mailbag, where I answer some of the best questions that I get sent over the course of the week. And now that football season has come to a close, and the only big Sunday sporting event until baseball season will be the Sunday NBA Showcase (which we won’t be seeing the Sixers on anytime soon), I figured Sunday would be as good as any day to do the mailbag.
Chris from Temple University: Given Jimmy Kempski’s report that the re-signings of both Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper could lead the Eagles to moving DeSean Jackson, does the speculation even make sense?
Tim: Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching DeSean Jackson play football. I even enjoy the “swag” element that he brings to the team, which is something a majority of his critics don’t like. But there are other things that DeSean does that have always rubbed me the wrong way, and made me wonder if Jeremy Maclin wasn’t better suited to be the Eagles receiver who gets a real payday.
The constant need to be in the spotlight, even if it means complaining publicly about your contract two days after being held to three catches in a playoff loss, rubs me the wrong way. So did posting on Instagram about how ‘you made it’ within a week of being eliminated from the playoffs. And those are just a few things that he did last year that bothered me, but I could go on over the course of his entire six-year stint in Philly.
I think Kempski took the fact that Chip Kelly appears to prefer lower key players, saw that the Eagles have a huge cap hit at the wide receiver position, and Jackson really struggled to get along with wideouts coach Bob Bicknell, and connected the dots.
The Eagles signed Riley Cooper to a five-year extension, and even though it really only guaranteed him three years with the team (money is deferred to second and third seasons), the plan has to be for Cooper to be in Philly through the 2018 season.
Maclin told reporters that the Eagles offered him a five-year deal as well, but he turned it down in hopes of setting up an even bigger payday next offseason.
To me, the Eagles might listen on calls for DeSean now, but they aren’t going to go out of their way to trade him. But, they will have to decide between paying Maclin next off-season or re-doing DeSean’s deal. And given that Maclin tended to be statistically better than Jackson prior to his injury last year, and is way more low-key, signs seem to be pointing to a Maclin extension and a Jackson trade after the 2014 season.