Why Are the Philadelphia Eagles Moving on From DeSean Jackson?
At this point it seems like a formality that star wide receiver DeSean Jackson will no longer be a member of the Philadelphia Eagles next season. Owners of other clubs are outwardly admitting that they have inquired on Jackson and the trade talks could really heat up this week in Orlando at the owner’s meetings.
The real question is how did what has turned into frankly a bizarre sequence of events get to this point? Jackson was brilliant in Year 1 under Chip Kelly. He’s offense and Jackson seemed like a match made in heaven as Jackson nearly set a franchise record in receiving yards and also caught nine touchdowns.
It was far and away the best season of Jackson’s career. So why the sudden urge to trade him? One can only guess there is something pretty serious going on behind the scenes that isn’t football related. Jackson is extremely valuable to the Eagles’ offense, not just because of his production but because of the pressure he takes off of LeSean McCoy by forcing a safety to play deep.
He also at times commands a double team which opens up the field for possession wide out Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. Frankly, anything less than a 2nd round pick for a talented young pass catcher such as Jackson would be a major disappointment.
Kelly got the job done in his first season. Maybe it is our job as fans to trust his judgement as we saw almost immediate results in the way he runs a program. This one really has me scratching my head though unless Jackson has really become a major distraction.
One thing looks certain, though: Jackson won’t be an Eagle in 2014. Why that is we may never know.