May 12, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles 2nd round draft pick linebacker Mychal Kendricks (95) is interviewed after morning practice during rookie mini camp at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Mychal Kendricks on DeSean Jackson ‘I want him to stay’


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While it’s hard to keep up with exactly what the trade availability of DeSean Jackson is (if there is a serious one at all), one of Jackson’s current teammates didn’t mense words on whether he would like to see Jackson remain in Philadelphia for the 2014 season.

Speaking to the NFL Network, Eagles outside linebacker and budding superstar Mychal Kendricks spoke highly of number 10.

“I want him to stay,” Kendricks, said definitively in an NFL Network interview. “I want him to be on our team. Deep threat. One of the most elusive guys in the league. I’d rather play with him instead of against him.”

It’s hard to argue with with that assessment of Jackson, even if you would prefer that he doesn’t return to the team for the 2014 season.

Kendricks also spoke about the perception that Jackson is a pain in the ass, talking not only about Jackson as his Eagles’ teammate, but also as one of his predecessors at the University of California.

“Once you’re tagged with being a certain type of way, it’s kind of hard to get rid of,”  Kendricks said of his teammate. “But I’ve known DeSean Jackson since he went to Cal and he’s always been a good guy. I can’t sit here and say anything bad about him. … He’s very to himself and relax and chill. He does his job, he does it well.”

I don’t think that anyone is questioning what type of a person Jackson is off of the field, because his involvement in the community during his NFL career has been admirable. But as Philly.com’s Jimmy Kempski told me in an interview on Monday, we don’t get to see how much of a pain DeSean Jackson might be in day-to-day activities. Given his overwhelming production in 2013, it’s hard to see another reason why the team would be even entertaining trade offers on Jackson, because they have more than enough cap room to pay him his $10.5 million salary.

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