There have been plenty of trade rumors this offseason regarding Philadelphia Eagles star wide receiver DeSean Jackson, as many believe he has fallen out of favor with head coach Chip Kelly. The possibility of a potential trade involving Jackson was most prominently raised by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s excellent Jimmy Kempski, and these rumors have not quieted. The fact that the Eagles spent a significant amount of money to lock up Riley Cooper and also re-signed Jeremy Maclin doesn’t help, and neither do comments D-Jax made at the start of the offseason about reworking his deal to get more guaranteed money.
I’m not sure if we’ll see Jackson traded away this offseason, but there is distinct possibility that he could be on his way out after a career-year in 2013. I used to be one of Jackson’s biggest critics, but he clearly showed he’s a worthy WR1 after he stepped up his game big-time in 2013.
PhillyMag.com’s Tim McManus reports that DeSean Jackson is “unsure” about his future and current standing with the team due to all the rumors and reports about a possible trade and Kelly’s disapproval of his attitude. McManus also reports that Jackson has been talking to teammates in order “to express his concern”.
The chances of Jackson being traded seem to be real, and McManus spoke to an agent who said he hears “there is no way he is back”. No way.
But it’s also worth noting that the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane wrote earlier this month that the Jackson rumors “have little weight”. At this point, I honestly think they do, but I don’t think he’s a lock to be dealt. But if someone is willing to part with picks the Eagles covet, then I think we could see the star receiver shipped out. Stay tuned on this one, and we’ll see if Jackson himself receives news regarding his situation.