Speculation continues to pile up about DeSean Jackson‘s future in Philadelphia. A new development even suggested that the Philadelphia Eagles could release the receiver outright, gaining no compensation for the ultra talented wide receiver.
That would certainly be a fall from grace for a player who nearly set franchise records in receiving yards and seemed to thrive in Chip Kelly‘s system. There must be something going on behind the scenes. Either Jackson isn’t buying into Kelly’s program or he’s becoming a malcontent within the Novacare walls.
There is no other explanation for trading or even getting rid of such a talented player. While his contract is relatively expensive, Jackson has proven his worth on the field. He opens up the offense for everyone else, especially LeSean McCoy. Right now, a parting of ways seems inevitable, and the Eagles have to somehow attempt to replace his production. Lucky for them, this year’s draft is absolutely stacked at the wide receiver position.
There are pass catchers of all shapes and sizes — big, fast, sure-handed, explosive. Teams have their pick of the litter. One guy who could come in and offer a similar skillset to Jackson is Brandin Cooks. Cooks ran a dazzling 4.33 40-yard dash. The Oregon State product was a star in college, and is the type of explosive, change-of-direction athlete Kelly covets in his offense.
No one is going to come in right away and replace what Jackson does, but Cooks could at least help limit the damage as a young deep threat who could grow with the rest of this young offense. We shall see how the rest of the offseason plays out. One things for sure though: no one is safe, especially if they don’t buy into Kelly’s principles. Unfortunately, it looks like Jackson will learn that the hard way.