Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been the subject of trade rumors for just about two weeks now and they have intensified in recent days. Many, including myself, went from a firm disbelief that the Eagles would trade their Pro Bowl wide receiver to reluctant acceptance that Jackson may have played his final game in midnight green.
Well, all of that evaluation of potential trades might have been for not.
Jackson tweeted out this morning that he has spoken with head coach Chip Kelly and to "say or hear what ya want !! Winner BirdGang" while attaching this awesome picture of Kelly. That was followed up by a report from Jeff McLane citing a source close to Jackson saying the wide receiver reached out to teammates saying he was staying in Philadelphia after speaking to Kelly.
It is not abundantly clear what Kelly said to Jackson and general manager Howie Roseman's silence when given the opportunity to squash the rumors was peculiar to say the least. However, it appears the Eagles wide receiver is much more comfortable with the situation today than he has been in recent weeks.
The rumors had become so public that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson mentioned Jackson by name as a player the Jets were interested in acquiring. Reports over the last week even stated the Eagles could potentially cut Jackson if they could not unload him via trade. If teams thought they could get Jackson without trading him, that could be one reason why Roseman didn't deal Jackson for what he deemed to be fair value.
I would be remiss if I did not mention this could be a ploy for the Eagles front office to get teams to fork over a third round draft pick for Jackson. If teams were seriously interested in Jackson but were waiting for the Eagles to cut him and all of a sudden found out he was staying in Philadelphia, they might be more open to meeting the Eagles' asking price.
Jackson, 27, went to the Pro Bowl in 2013 for the first time since 2010 and the third time in his six seasons in the league. The former-second round pick had a career year setting career-highs in receptions (82), yards (1,332), and first downs (60) while tying a career-high in touchdowns (9) and games played (16).
In his six seasons with the Eagles, Jackson caught 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns to go along with four punt returns for touchdowns and three rushing scores.
We debated why the Eagles should and should not trade DeSean Jackson last week and it still proves to be a point of contention in Philadelphia.
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