Since I live in the Lehigh Valley, I get the Allentown Morning Call delivered to my house every morning. Very rarely, do I find anything worth reading in the newspaper. Granted I usually only look in the sports section, but normally there sports content is old news by the time that the paper is delivered or I even get a chance to read it on their website. Last night, however, that wasn’t the case.
After a Wednesday morning report from 94.1 WIP’s Ike Reese that suggested that Chip Kelly had spoken to DeSean Jackson this off-season and ‘assured’ him that he wasn’t going to be traded or released, Nick Fierro of the Morning Call dropped a bombshell on us last night.
“There is no way he’s an Eagle this year,” yet another person close to Jackson told The Morning Call. “However it leaked out, it leaked out, and now this is what you have.”
As Fierro pointed out in the article, this is yet another source who has been anonymously quoted on Jackson’s future this off-season. Fierro didn’t fail to mention that other sources supposedly ‘close’ to Jackson believe that he will be an Eagle in 2014, but this source saying ‘no way’ sounds fairly definitive to me. But again, this is just another source.
As someone who both enjoys watching Jackson and is one of his biggest critics at the same time, I’m not on board with the idea of moving Jackson, especially if he only brings a return of a third-round pick. I’m not tied to the hip with Jackson–I wouldn’t be against moving him for the right offer–but I don’t just want to give him away either. Are the Eagles really going to get someone in the third-round that is going to help them more in 2014 than Jackson? Do the Eagles really want to pass up on the opportunity of having a wide receiving core that features Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper?
The thing that scares me is that Jackson appears to have no future with the team past 2014, should he even play for the Eagles next year. I fear that hanging over Jackson, management, and the team in general, could turn into a distraction as the Eagles enter training camp as the prohibited NFC East favorites. As the source indicated to Fierro, “however it leaked out, it leaked out, and now this is what you have,” and I think the Eagles may get to the point of no return with Jackson soon.