The Philadelphia Eagles have been aggressive this offseason at the wide receiver position. After re-signing DeSean Jackson last offseason, they took care of two more of their own in Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
This may be good or bad news for the mercurial Jackson. This frees up more of the field for Jackson to operate, and he could perhaps have an even bigger 2014 campaign. It also begs the question: Is Jackson a luxury at this point? The Eagles have a ton of cap room allocated to the wide receiver position, the second-most in the league in fact.
Is Howie Roseman comfortable with this? Right now on the surface it looks like it. However, what if a team comes calling offering a second-round pick and a defensive prospect for Jackson? Roseman would have to think long and hard about it.
The Eagles have a boatload of needs on the defensive side of the ball, and this year’s wide receiver class is stacked. They could further supplement the receiver position with a younger, cheaper option that is potentially less of a headache and also have further draft picks to get premier defensive talent.
It is certainly something to ponder. The Eagles need to get creative in acquiring defensive talent this offseason. You can bet that the Eagles won’t go for the big splash as they did a few seasons ago which hurt the team for years to come.
Instead they will look for under the radar signings and moves. They need guys who can come in, fit into the culture and not rock the boat. Jackson may be a piece used in acquiring that young defensive talent.