One of, if not the biggest thing surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason is the DeSean Jackson trade rumors. At first, most people thought they were bogus. Why give up your number one wide receiver when he is a perfect fit for the offense?
The rumors are still coming out strong a couple of months into the offseason. Why would the Eagles deal Jackson? A big reason why they may do so is that coach Chip Kelly does not want “me first” type of players. Kelly also will want a bigger receiver than Jackson, who is 5-foot-10, 175 pounds.
Derrick Gunn of Comcast Sports Net in Philadelphia reports that the Eagles are listening to offers for Jackson and have taken inquiries from the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. In a potential deal, the Eagles are said to be looking for “at least” a 3rd round pick.
Giving him up for a third round pick would be an awful move for the Eagles. You don’t trade a key player like Jackson for that little. I understand he may not be Chip’s kinda guy, but heck, he is one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the NFL. You don’t trade guys like that, unless you’re overwhelmed with an offer.
Dealing Jackson would leave the Eagles with Jeremy Maclin, who is coming off of a torn ACL and Riley Cooper, who is inconsistent as their starting wide receivers. While they both have talent, having them start would be a huge risk. That would not be a wise thing for Howie Roseman to do.
In the end, I can’t see the Eagles dealing Jackson. I have been up and down with this decision, but if all they can get is a third round pick, they can’t do the deal. It’s just not smart and makes little sense.
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