We all know that DeSean Jackson has been an unhappy camper in Philadelphia for several years. He soldiered on for a bit, but his game eventually devolved into one where he avoids contact and will drop any pass if he thinks there is any chance that he’ll get touched.
But, you can’t deny what he brings to the table. No DeSean Jackson? LeSean McCoy probably doesn’t have his monster year. Not to say that McCoy is nothing without DeSean helping to keep those safeties out of the box, but it’s a different situation when you are forced to keep guys way back to defend Jackson. We won’t know the true effect that DeSean has on the running game (as well as other aspects of the offense) until he’s gone.
So there has been this huge conundrum. What do you do with this guy? He’s not worth Larry Fitzgerald money, but he’s undeniably a game changer. And so far, he and the Eagles have not been able to agree on his actual value.
And now, according to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, the Eagles are currently listening to trade offers for the little, speedy wideout.
This isn’t shocking. I think most people assume that Jackson is going to get the franchise tag. However, that doesn’t mean that they are going to keep him. They’ll franchise him if for no other reason than to prevent him from just walking away. They aren’t stupid, they’ll want to get something for him. If they don’t franchise him, he’d be in Dan Snyder’s office roughly 20 minutes after he was legally permitted to do so.
I also don’t look at this report and think that the Eagles are dying to shop him. Whether it’s Andy Reid, Joe Banner or Howie Roseman, they’ve all said publicly over the years that they will always listen if someone wants to talk to them about any move that they think could make their team better. It’s the smart way to approach the business side of things.
I expect the Eagles to listen to trade offers on DeSean all the way up through the draft, and possibly beyond. What it would take to pry him from their hands is anyone’s guess. I can’t see anyone throwing a first-rounder at them unless it was at the bottom of the round and they were desperate for a guy with speed to burn on the outside. Yes, the Patriots would fit that description (just thinking off the top of my head), but I don’t see them doing that. I read one report that didn’t expect anyone to even offer up a second-round pick, but I’m not buying that. I could see someone absolutely throwing a second rounder over for a guy with Jackson’s talent.
Expect the DeSean Jackson speculation and rumors to only increase as we move forward. What do you think DeSean is worth in trade?