Oct 13, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (10) runs with the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles 'don't want' DeSean Jackson; will trade or cut him

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Manish Mehta, who writes for the ‘The Jets Stream’ blog on the New York Daily News, is one of the best local NFL reporters across the country. Mehta not only gives great insight on the Jets, but has a great mind for the entire league. This morning, he gave us an even clearer understanding of what DeSean Jackson‘s future might entail, and how realistic it is that the Eagles might end up releasing him.

Not only did the Jets inquire, but Michael Vick said last night that if the chance for Jackson to join the Jets presented itself, ‘we’ll be happy’. Jackson didn’t exactly throw water on the idea by clearly reminding us all that he idolizes Vick, with a series of tweets and Instagram posts last night.

Even if Jackson isn’t willing to restructure (which would defeat his purpose really), Mehta says that a source believes that there isn’t any chance he returns to Philly.

 

The unfortunate part for the Eagles, is that Jackson’s trade value is going to be minimal at best. Not only does he bring his own diva baggage, but he wants more guaranteed money on his deal, and most teams don’t have $10.5 million free in cap space to pick up Jackson’s salary for 2014. The Eagles haven’t exactly gained leverage in trying to trade him now that everyone knows that he isn’t coming back to Philly next season, either.

Perhaps in a situation like New York, where he could potentially play with Vick, Jackson would be willing to take a paycut in 2014, if he was able to restructure his deal and get more money down the road. For a trade to be completed, it appears Jackson will either have to do that, or the Eagles will have to eat four or five million dollars next season, to watch Jackson play for another team.

 

The Eagles have really screwed this up. Not only are they going to pass on the opportunity to have Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, and Jackson all in the fold at receiver next year (which they may have their reasoning for), but they have put themselves in a position where even getting a third-round pick in a trade return seems like a stretch at this point. A release may end up  Jackson’s fate. I know I’m not at the Novacare complex and a part of the Eagles day-to-day activities, but I’m struggling to see how Jackson could have been so dysfunctional that you would just let him walk after a Pro-Bowl season.

 

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