After a week of smoke regarding the future of DeSean Jackson, CSNPhilly’s pre-eminent Eagles reporter Derrick Gunn finally provided some sizzle this evening on Philly Sports Talk.
“The Eagles are entertaining offers for DeSean Jackson.”
Simply put by the longtime Birds reporter Gunn, flanked by Phillymag.com/97.5 The Fanatic Eagles reporter Tim McManus indicated that the team is looking for at least a third round pick for the mercurial receiver.
— John Clark CSN (@JClarkCSN) March 18, 2014
After rumblings started on earlier this offseason, speculation has ramped up in a big way that the team is unhappy with Jackson’s attitude as it fits within the fabric of what is apparently a very tightly knit locker room. Especially in the last week, including an interview conducted with our own Tim Kelly and Philly.com’s Jimmy Kempski, numerous sources have been leaking more and more details involving both parties.
CSN Philly colleague Geoff Mosher, as Gunn was wrapping up on the daily talk show program, released more details of the report including some of the teams inquiring for Jackson’s services. The two teams mentioned in the article are the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots, both devoid of a legitimate deep threat the caliber of Jackson.
Jackson is entering his third year of a five-year/$51 million extension and would be paying him just over $10 million if he remained on the roster for the 2014 season. Should the Eagles decide to trade Jackson, fresh off a career year in 2014, they would carry a $6 million cap penalty in doing so. That said, they also would rid themselves of the $30 million of salary he would be making upon completion of his deal. One has to think that Jackson’s end-of-season comments essentially asking for another re-do of his contract had to ruffle the feathers of the organization.
Moving Jackson would be a tremendous risk for the Eagles, who appear to be ahead of schedule in trying to build a Super Bowl contender. He was their most dynamic weapon through the air last season and forces opposing defenses to alter their coverage almost every play, given his world class speed. The risk is a calculated one, however, considering the quality of the wide receiver class in the upcoming NFL draft. The team has already been linked to some potential first round targets, including Texas A&M’s Mike Evans.
One has to expect things to pick up from here. Until the organization takes a definitive stance on the matter, rumors and new stories will continue to trickle down. Just from a personal standpoint, I would hope the team could collect more than just a 3rd round pick for Jackson. A comparable situation would be last season, when the Vikings shipped a frustrated Percy Harvin to the Seahawks for a 2013 1st round pick, a 2013 7th round pick, and a mid-round pick in the 2014 draft. We’ll try to pick up every detail of this story as it goes along.