DeSean Jackson on trade block, but Philadelphia Eagles might have to cut him

Eric Edholm
March 22, 2014

The Philadelphia Eagles were said to be taking calls on wide receiver DeSean Jackson last week, but now several reports indicate that they might be full-on shopping him.

With the owners' meetings set to start this coming week in Orlando, Fla., there's a good chance — with all 32 teams in town — that a deal could happen. The Eagles are said to be asking for a third-round pick, but Jackson's attitude and $10.5 million salary are two major stumbling blocks toward getting a deal done.

So even after Jackson revived his career with a good season in Philadelphia under Chip Kelly, catching 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns, the Eagles look ready to move on.

The Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and receiver-needy Carolina Panthers reportedly have shown the most interest. But it's possible with Jackson's roadblocks that a deal does not happen and the Eagles will end up having to cut him.

Two teams that have the salary cap space and could use Jackson's incredible speed and quickness are the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. Quarterback Michael Vick wasn't even on his new team for a full day before he was campaigning the Jets to bring in Jackson.

That might be a combustable mix. Jackson's speed would add a missing element to the Jets' offense, and he knows the Marty Mornhinweg system well from their days together with the Eagles. Familiarity with Vick, if he replaces Geno Smith at any point, certainly couldn't hurt. But the attention-seeking Jackson might be an even bigger problem with the white-hot spotlight of New York, rendering any potential short-terms gains moot in the long run.

After all, most teams with innovative, offensive-minded head coaches aren't actively seeking to trade 27-year-old burners coming off career seasons.

Buyer beware.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!