There have been a ton of reports lately regarding the Philadelphia Eagles and receiver DeSean Jackson. Some say he’s on his way out from the team, while others insist head coach Chip Kelly doesn’t want him traded. The latest suggests there is “no way” Jackson returns to the Eagles in 2014 because of his attitude.
ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio claims that Jackson’s act is wearing thin with Kelly and that the franchise is ready to move on from him. Eagles beat writer Nick Fierro believes Jackson will be gone before the draft rolls around, and people close to the receiver think he’s probably out too.
The problem with moving Jackson is his contract. He signed a five-year, $47 million deal in March of 2012. The contract contains $15 million in guaranteed money, and in 2014 he’s due a hefty base salary of $10.5 million. He’s also set to earn $9.75 million in both 2015 and 2016. If a team is going to trade for Jackson it will most likely demand that he reworks his current deal.
Jackson is a three-time Pro Bowler (2009, 2010, 2013) and put up great numbers during Kelly’s first year in Philadelphia. Clearly the coach’s up-tempo attack agrees with Jackson’s style of play.
In 2013, the 27-year-old wideout caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. Those were all career-highs.
While there is no doubt Jackson is talented, he has always had the reputation as a prima donna and while in college at Cal earned the nickname “MeSean” as a result.
All that said, there is no doubt Jackson is a talented receiver who can make plays and help a team. Whichever franchise feels it can rein in his attitude will be the one to jump at acquiring him if the price is right.
As of now, unless there is some kind of major reconciliation, it looks like he won’t be playing in Philadelphia in 2014.