If there are any Eagles fans out there who are still in denial as to whether receiver DeSean Jackson will be on the team at the start of the 2014 season, it’s time to start accepting the fact that the relationship between the two sides has soured to a point where Jackson firmly believes he will not be in Philadelphia much longer.
Just spoke with two sources close to DeSean. Receiver now believes he will not be back.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) March 21, 2014
McManus, the primary Eagles reporter for 97.5 the Fanatic, is well dialed into the organization. He was in early on the Chip Kelly hire last offseason and constantly provides the station with up-to-date news regarding the Birds. McManus quickly jumped on the station to provide the latest and, for any Jackson fans out there, the details are not pretty.
McManus: It’s a matter of when, not if.
— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) March 21, 2014
In the last few days, after CSN’s Derrick Gunn reported the Patriots and 49ers were the initial teams inquiring for DeSean’s services, more respected names in NFL circles have unearthed details regarding the courtship of the 27-year old California product.
http://t.co/PsRgz34ZTN‘s Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers and Raiders have also inquired on DeSean Jackson.
— 97.3 ESPN FM (@973espn) March 21, 2014
Moving Jackson would be the type of move that can define a front office regime. On one hand, if the move pays off in its desired manner, the Eagles would be praised for knowing when to cut ties with what was apparently a debilitating locker room presence. On the other hand, should the Eagles offense take noticeable steps back, Howie Roseman, Chip Kelly, and company will be bashed for shipping away their most dynamic pass-catching threat for whatever they would receive for Jackson. This story seems to be picking up momentum by the day and it seems that Jackson could be moved at any point. We’ll try to keep track and any and all developments.
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