Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson's home was burglarized in January, and it appears he has been victimized again this offseason.
Rumor has it the Eagles are willing to trade Jackson.
Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com told PFT Live the reasons Philadelphia could part ways with Jackson is because of coach Chip Kelly’s “aversion” to small receivers, dislike of “me-first” players, and the receiver’s behavior, such as the recent theft at his home.
Philly.com writer Jeff McLane disagrees, and he describes any report claiming Jackson is on the move as “speculative.” Here is a portion of McLane’s story:
Reports that the Eagles could be open to trading Jackson – as if they aren’t open to trading any player for the right price – or that he is one more slip-up away from being released – as if posting Instagram pictures with rappers is a slip-up – are purely speculative. Theories on the True Detective killer have nothing on the Jackson rumors. Are the Eagles always thrilled about what Jackson does during the offseason and how he broadcasts in on social media? No. Were they happy when he sat by his locker the day after the Eagles lost to the Saints in the playoffs and told wave after wave of reporters that he thought he was “deserving” of a new contract? No. But these are small potatoes. Would the Eagles have to reconsider their position if Jackson did something that was an actual serious lapse in judgment? Of course. But when has he ever done anything to suggest he’s capable of illegal behavior? Never.
McLane's assertion makes a lot of sense.
NFL teams are always more concerned about athletic ability than the baggage a person may bring. Many NFL observers believed Kelly would release Riley Cooper after his n-word rant, which was far more disruptive than anything Jackson has done in his NFL career. Instead, Cooper rejoined his team, had a great season, and was recently rewarded with a $25 million contract.
Jackson is coming off a career year in which he caught 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. Sure, Jackson is slated to earn $10.25 million in 2014, but Jeremy Maclin and Cooper cannot carry the offensive workload without Jackson. Cooper and Maclin are complementary players, but Jackson is a game-changer.
More important, as McLane points out, player-for-player trades are difficult to pull off. Heck, it is hard to pull off any trade in the NFL. There is a reason why teams are not lining up to give the New Orleans Saints two first-round draft picks after Jimmy Graham received the franchise tender. But nobody expected the Cleveland Browns to trade Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts last year, so anything can happen.
It just might be a lot harder to trade Jackson.
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