There has been a lot of talk around the NFL surrounding Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, and it hasn’t been him talking about himself. The Eagles’ Pro Bowl receiver makes sure that people around the league have heard about him. The speedy, diva, loud-mouth receiver has been torching opposing secondaries in an Eagles uniform for the last seven seasons.
However, that all might come to an end, as rumors have began about the All-Pro being traded this offseason.
Despite a Pro Bowl season and flourishing under Chip Kelly‘s offense, Jackson may have been seen for the last time playing for Philadelphia. Even with his 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last year, there have been many reports saying Jackson is on the trading block. Many have said that his attitude does not fit with the environment and culture Kelly is trying to create in Philadelphia. The Eagles quickly re-signed receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, which could mean time could be up for Jackson in Philadelphia. The Eagles also spend the second most money on their receivers in the league, which definitely isn’t helping Jackson’s cause to stay.
There have been conflicting reports on whether or not these rumors are true about Jackson. Many have said that Kelly has told Jackson not to listen to reports, and that they are just rumors. Other sources have said that there is no way Jackson will take the field with the Eagles next season.
With all the rumors and speculation, there is one thing that shouldn’t be misunderstood — the Eagles would be making a mistake trading away Jackson.
He is still one of the best wide receivers in football, and has always been a speedy playmaker for Philadelphia. He is still one of the fastest receivers in the game, and he gives the Eagles the ability to stretch the field. He had his best season last year in Kelly’s offense, and he could continue to improve even more with more time in the system. Many have said the Eagles can afford to let Jackson go because there are plenty of other receivers that could play his position. That’s not really the case. There aren’t many receivers that can stretch the field like he can, and even make some of the big plays that he can make. Letting Jackson go would be a huge mistake.
Sure, his attitude could be a problem at time. However, Kelly seemed to have Jackson happy and focused on football last season. His actions can sometimes can be an issue, but he was, for the most part, on his best behavior last season. Jackson has also told the media recently that he is happy in Philadelphia, and would be hurt if he was dealt. This shows that he won’t cause any problems in Philadelphia, and there isn’t really a reason to let him go.
Many argue that, with the position the Eagles are in this year in the upcoming NFL Draft, Philadelphia could find Jackson’s heir apparent with the No. 22 overall pick. This may be the case, with the receiver class being one of the most talented in recent years. However, this might not be the smartest option for the Eagles with that pick. There are still some glaring holes in the secondary, and the Eagles also need to find a pass-rusher. If Jackson is dealt, this just creates the need for another No. 1 receiver that Philadelphia could just hang on to in the first place.
If the Eagles want to have the most success they can, Jackson will stay in Philadelphia in the 2014 season.