With the NFL draft coming up, and a team that is preparing for a Super Bowl run, what to do with one of the league's best receivers? Do you trade him for another pick and collect a hot, young receiver like a Sammy Watkins out of Clemson? OR do you hold onto him because he is still one of the best, most explosive wide outs in the game? These are the questions. Certainly a hot debate. So why don't we here at Whiz Wit get to it?
If we trade DeSean, there are a number of things I would want in return. First is a refund on my DeSean Jackson jersey. Second, another explosive, quick, elusive wide receiver. There is word that Sammy Watkins out of Clemson may be just a bigger version of DeSean Jackson. But once again there is no guarantee that he will fall to Eagles in the draft. Which is why DeSean should warrant a first round draft pick. He's 27 so that should be able to bring back a haul.
We should also be thinking about trading DeSean because of his on the field antics. I say on the field, because he really hasn't done much off the field to bring attention to himself, except getting robbed (which is entirely not his fault). He has been costing the Eagles precious yards with dumb penalties whether it be taunting, or nearly ripping off the helmet of the Raiders punter for no obvious reason. The Eagles have resigned Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, which would be a great 1 - 2. Maybe there is no need for Jackson anymore? I say we get rid of him to build this team the way Chip wants to build it. We need big receivers who can sky for the ball and cut across the middle. We also need guys who have a cool head on their shoulders. With free agency starting up, and the draft on the horizon, the front office needs to figure out how to move Jackson, and quick.
How can you get rid of DeSean?!
Honestly, let's think about this for a second.
Jackson, who turned 27 in December, set career-highs in receptions (82 - 20 more than his previous career-high), receiving yards (1,332 - nearly 200 yards more than his previous career-high), first downs (60) and tied his career-high with nine touchdowns. Does that sound like a logical guy to cut?
There have been numerous reasons people in the media have given to get rid of Jackson and all of them have their flaws.
ESPN Radio South Jersey's Mike Gill said people shouldn't be surprised if Jackson is traded or released because Jeremy Maclin signed a one-year deal with the Eagles. Oh because we are 100% sure Maclin is going to be healthy and return to form. I think he is healthy and will return to form but I'm not comfortable enough to let Jackson walk. Also, who says Maclin re-signs in Philadelphia next offseason?
So basically the Eagles could trade or release Jackson because they re-signed a guy to a one-year deal coming off an ACL tear.
It gets worse from there. CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher was on ProFootballTalk Live the other day and gave three reasons why the Eagles could "move on" from Jackson, "(1) coach Chip Kelly’s aversion to small receivers; (2) Kelly’s aversion to me-first players; and (3) Jackson’s periodic unusual behavior, such as the recent theft of guns, jewelry, and $250,000 in cash from his home."
Let's address these in order:
- Kelly clearly had an aversion to Jackson last year considering the career-year he had and how effective he was in the offense. Plus one of Kelly's favorite college weapons, RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas, stands at 5'9". Kelly clearly doesn't like the small guys who produce?
- I think most coaches have some sort of aversion to me-first players. Jackson has been a me-first player for his entire career but appeared to have matured a bit (by comparison to pevious years) in 2013. But, all things considered, this is a valid point.
- This is valid to a point. He does portray some unusual behavior like the word choice in some of his tweets and that time he tweeted out a picture of his $25,000 club bill. But he really hasn't done anything wrong or broken the law. Think about it. He didn't assault his mother like Dez Bryant, he didn't call out his "baby mama" on Twitter like teammate LeSean McCoy and he didn't get caught on tape dropping a racial slur in anger like fellow teammate Riley Cooper. He really has not been a public relations nightmare for the organization. He's just obnoxious which isn't always a bad thing. Plus, Mosher's reasoning for unusual behavior - having his house (private property) broken into and getting a quarter-million dollars in cash stolen isn't his fault at all. In fact, I'd be willing to bet he wish that didn't happen! Shocking!
If there is a sound football or personal reason for releasing or trading Jackson I'm all ears. He is not an "untouchable" player on this roster so if the right trade comes around, then do it. But dumping him off like the Eagles did with Asante Samuel would be a huge mistake.
There's no legitimate reason for letting Jackson go now.
One thing is for certain that if Roseman doesn't get solid value for Jackson, many Eagles fans are likely to be up in arms.
-Steve Dolan and Tristan Tschoepe
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