Another day brings new DeSean Jackson rumors. Is what is being reported true? Maybe. Could it not be? Maybe. Do we know the answer? Nope.
What we do know is that the Eagles are staying quiet about all of this. They could have easily put this to a stop by publicly saying that the rumors aren’t true. But they haven’t. Their silence, in a way, is deafening.
Like us, DeSean Jackson is in the dark. He knows as much as we know. Not very much. He has seen the rumors and reportedly has been caught off guard by them and for good reason. You were a Pro Bowler, only 27, and had a career year. A player like that shouldn’t have his name in trade rumors and he knows it. Yet, his name is being floated in a new rumor every hour.
Will he be back in Philly next year? Two days ago, I would have said yes. Today, I am saying no. People close to Jackson feel the same way, apparently.
Nick Fierro of the Allentown Morning Call reports, citing a “person close to Jackson,” that “there is no way he’s an Eagle this year.”
If DeSean is indeed on his way out of Philly, there are multiple places that are really good fits for him. One that hasn’t been talked about too much is the Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland has a lot of cap room, a solid amount of picks, and need a solid wideout to go opposite Josh Gordon. Pairing Jackson with Gordon would give the Browns an elite duo of receivers. All they would need is a franchise quarterback. Lucky for them, they have the number four overall pick in this years draft. They could look to draft Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, or even Blake Bortles and they would be set for the foreseeable future.
I have seen the report that the Eagles are looking for “at least” a third round pick, but I’m not buying it. If I’m the Eagles, I’m looking to land a Percy Harvin-like trade package. The Minnesota Vikings traded Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for first, third, and seventh round picks.
Luckily for Cleveland, they have two first round picks. They could trade the No. 26 overall pick along with other picks to the Eagles in exchange for Jackson. I’m not reporting that this has been discussed, but it is my speculation.
The more I think about it, the more I think Jackson is on the way out of Philly. I hate to say it, but it appears that his time in Philly is about over.
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