It appears the relationship between WR DeSean Jackson, the Philadelphia Eagles‘ front office and head coach Chip Kelly has finally come to a head. According to media reports, the Eagles are open to trading Jackson.
In 2013, Jackson had 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, but the Eagles are willing to listen to offers.
It has been reported that the Eagles are looking for a third-round pick or possibly more and that the New England Patriots are interested in trading for Jackson. What are the chances Jackson is catching passes from Patriots QB Tom Brady next season? Very doubtful. It is hard to believe the third-round pick would be a huge issue. The Patriots would have no reservations about giving up a third-round pick. What would be an enormous hurdle is Jackson’s contact. Jackson is currently two years into a five-year, $51 million deal and is slated to make more than $9 million per season through 2016. It’s very possible the Eagles and Kelly understand that as dynamic as Jackson is, they might not need him, especially with what is left on his contract.
The Patriots definitely needed to address their receiving corps this offseason, and they have, even if they still haven’t signed a receiver they really need. There’s no doubt that Jackson is an explosive playmaker, but should the Patriots really be interested?
Even if part of the trade with the Eagles ends up sending Danny Amendola to Philadelphia, there still is no need for the Patriots to sign Jackson even though he can obviously make big plays. He is a speedster, but Jackson is still undersized. The Patriots do not need to bring another undersized receiver into the mix. The Patriots need a wide receiver with size who can also stretch the field, and that is not necessarily Jackson. If Jackson came cheaper and the Patriots hadn’t already re-signed Julian Edelman, didn’t still have Amendola on the roster and hadn’t just signed Brandon LaFell, maybe the Patriots could seriously consider trading for Jackson. Maybe.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick probably realizes all of this, so it’s doubtful the Patriots are truly interested in trading for Jackson anyway. This seems more of a case of Belichick helping out his buddy Kelly by throwing the Patriots’ name in the ring to help increase the interest in Jackson. If that’s the case, it wouldn’t be the first time something like that took place in the NFL and it won’t be the last.
Whatever the reason for the speculation, Patriots fans should not expect to see Jackson catching any passes from Brady next season.