Could one of the former stars tossed aside by former incompetent head coach Chip Kelly be the answer?
According to Tim McManus of ESPN, former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is ‘intrigued’ by the idea of a return to Philadelphia. Currently a member of the Washington Redskins, Jackson is set to be a free-agent at the end of the season, with the Redskins unlikely to retain him due to salary reasons combined with the fact they’ve got a promising group of receivers from Jamison Crowder, to veteran Pierre Garcon, and rookie first-rounder Josh Doctson.
This means DeSean is going to hit the open market in the winter. There have been reports that both the Eagles and Jackson would be interested in a reunion. But is it realistic, and is it a good fit for the team?
The Eagles certainly need to add some kind of veteran presence to this group. And they even more desperately need a guy that can stretch the field and open things up for other players on the offense. Jackson’s presence alone may help make some of the other players better.
However, its important to keep in mind that DeSean is now also on the wrong side of 30. He’s been more injury prone over the last two years. He hasn’t gone over 1,000 yards since the 2014 season. He can still be good for a couple of scores on 50-yard bombs a year, but isn’t quite as dynamic as he was at age 26.
I’d be interested in DeSean Jackson, but only at the right price. And DeSean is a guy who’s always sought out the best payday possible throughout his career. I can’t see him giving the Eagles a team-friendly deal for a team that released him and smeared his name on the way out the door.
I’d prefer that the Eagles try to go younger at the position, and try to pry Brandin Cooks (currently unhappy with his role) from the New Orleans Saints rather than overpay for Jackson at the end of his prime. But if Howie Roseman can pull it off, Jackson would be a welcome addition to a young, struggling group of wideouts, if he can fit in to the team’s budget.