The rumors have started about the possibilities of the Philadelphia Eagles trading their star wide receiver DeSean Jackson this offseason. Reports from Philly.com’s Jimmy Kempski claim that some people in the Eagles organization don’t feel that Jackson’s attitude is a good fit inside the locker room. At the same time it seems highly unlikely that Philadelphia would be willing to ship off its best receiver after having a career year.
However, the scenario trading Jackson may not be such a crazy idea. The Eagles just re-signed Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, have plenty of other wide receiver depth and they also boast a pretty strong tight end corps. Since the Eagles have a lot of cap space tied up in their receiving corps, it might make sense to cut bait on Jackson and get whatever they can this offseason.
According to Pro Football Reference, Jackson finished the 2013 NFL season the 10th ranked wide receiver in all of fantasy football. In every season that Jackson has played at least 15 games, which is all but one, he has put himself in the top 75 players overall in terms of fantasy points. If the recent trade rumors become a reality, will Jackson’s fantasy value take a hit at all?
If he were to leave the Eagles’ high-powered offense and leave behind the fantasy friendly quarterback Nick Foles, then it seems likely that his fantasy value will not decrease too much. Wherever Jackson goes he will still be considered an elite receiver who always has the ability to find the end zone.
A new landing spot for Jackson may mean increased competition for receptions, but he should still be able to post around the same numbers that he has put up his entire career in Philly. If he does leave, fantasy owners should still expect Jackson to put up somewhere between 800-1,200 receiving yards and between 5-10 touchdowns. Keep an eye out for what the Eagles choose to do with Jackson this offseason.